The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times by Bill O'Reilly

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Note to Readers: In the Beginning . . .     viii

Key Players     x

Prologue: A Changing World     xv

Book One
YOUNG JESUS OF NAZARETH

The Massacre in Bethlehem     3

Growing Up in Nazareth     16

Archelaus, Heir of Herod the Great     26

Spotlight: Passover Customs in the First Century AD     27

Missing     33

Jesus Sits with the Rabbis     35

Spotlight: The Temple Mount     38

The Carpenter     45

BOOK TWO
JESUS THE PREACHER

John Baptizes Jesus     54

Spotlight: Baptism in First-Century Jewish Culture     56

Spotlight: Temple Hierarchy     65

Turning Out the Moneylenders     71

Spotlight: Ritual Sacrifice     74

Nicodemus Questions Jesus     80

Preaching from a Fishing Boat     91

The Sermon on the Mount     99

Mary of Magdala     106

John the Baptist Is Murdered     111

Defeated     116

“Who Do People Say I Am?”     124

The Feast of Tabernacles     129

Spotlight: The Jewish Religious Year     130

BOOK THREE
THE LAST WEEK, DAY BY DAY

The Passover Journey Begins     144

The Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem     150

“Hosanna”     159

“Render unto Caesar . . .”     164

Judas Iscariot, Betrayer     173

The Last Supper     179

Jesus Is Arrested     188

Caiaphas Judges Jesus     194

Herod Judges Jesus     203

Pilate Judges Jesus     211

Lashed     215

Crucified     222

Entombed     229

Guarded     234

The Tomb Is Empty     236

Afterword     238

The History After Jesus’s Death     244

Counting Years     249

Jerusalem: Holy City to the World     251

How We Know About the Life of Jesus     254

The New Testament     255

Flavius Josephus     255

Tacitus     255

Archaeological Evidence     255

The Dead Sea Scrolls     256

The Purple Cloak     258

The Symbol of the Cross     260

Thirty Pieces of Silver     261

A World of Many Tongues     262

Some Facts About the First Century AD     263

The Roman Empire in 44 BC     265

Roman Government and Citizens     268

Roman Religion     271

Roman Legionnaires     273

Roman Roads     274

A Walk Through Twenty-First-Century Jerusalem     276

Glossary     279

Time Line of Jesus’s Life     282

The Author Recommends . . .     284

Bibliography     286

Index     289