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In the third of seven projected volumes in his "Hinges of History" series, critically acclaimed scholar Thomas Cahill examines the life of Jesus and shows students how Western civilization has been influenced by his teaching. Here Cahill explains the social and political context that Jesus was born into-the Roman political presence, the Greek cultural influence, and particularly the social and ideological tensions in first-century Judaism. He introduces us to "the people Jesus knew" and portrays Jesus as a real person, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued but humorous and kind. Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a fascinating book of interpretive history for all readers-Christian and Jew, believer and agnostic-who are interested in the ideas and events that have shaped the world we live in, the inner and the outer.
The acclaimed author of How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews takes a fresh look at the impact of Jesus and early Christianity in shaping Western civilization. With lively narration and sound scholarship, Cahill explains the social and political context of first-century Judaism, the Roman presence in Judaea, and Greek influences.