What kind of men were Jesus' disciples? What was it like to be with Jesus in Palestine? Why did some of the disciples find it so hard to understand Jesus? Who were the people who killed Jesus? Why did they do it? This book has been written to help you to answer these questions. It takes you right into Jesus' world so that you can hear His conversations with the disciples and watch the things they did.
The stories of Jesus and the disciples in this book are told in different words from those you will find in your Bible, and background has been built in from other records of the time. For example, the Bible gives only the fact that one of the disciples was a Zealot; in this book the disciple is shown speaking and acting as we know Zealots spoke and acted. The story of the rich young ruler has been placed early in Jesus' ministry to show that he would not accept every man who wanted to be His disciple. The parable of the Good Samaritan has also been placed in the early period as an example of the informal way in which Jesus taught.That you may know what is from the Bible and what is added to make a complete story, Scripture references for each event are given. These references will help you to read and understand the Gospels. As you read what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus while He was on earth, you will see more clearly what it means to be one of His disciples today.
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