The First Three Thousand Years

Book - 2010
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We live in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition. This ambitious book ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith, to teach modern readers how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England. We meet monks and crusaders, heretics and saints, slave traders and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in driving the Enlightenment and the Age of Exploration, and shaping the course of World Wars I and II.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670021260
Characteristics: xvii, 1161 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, music ; 25 cm.


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Jan 23, 2014

This book has given me much insight into this important aspect of social history. I found story of the early Christian chruch to be fascinating. Here are stories of political intrigue, lust for power, corruption, along with individuals who had such a high moral standard that they were willing to die for their personal beliefs about their religion. A fascinating picture of ancient society that, in today's modern technological world, I admit that I cannot fully understand. I do agree that the book is too long, with too many complicated details, so my interest was swamped after 500 AD. But for those who want to know the full story, it is all here.

May 09, 2011

A very interesting book that would please people who enjoy history. I just wish that it had been published in 2 volumes as the thousand page book was very unwieldy.
The DVD series is also very well done and you don't have to be the least bit religious to enjoy the book or the DVD.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

The subtle shadings of a complicated history.


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