In this succinct yet readable narrative, Witherington carries the reader from the intertestamental Maccabean wars to the reign of Domitian and the exile of John, focusing especially upon the life of Christ. Witherington closely explores the geographical, political, social, and religious influences that shaped the leaders and social movements of the day. The inferiority complex of Alexander the Great and the stories of "Little Boots" and Nero are a few examples of such case studies.
Dr. Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham)is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth.