"The Shadow of the Galilean," explains the journeys that Andreas went through in order to obey the orders of Pilate of "researching" about John the Baptist and later, Jesus of Nazareth, both, movements that Pilate sought to be a threat to the Roman Empire. Once John the Baptist was executed (pg. 44), it impels Andreas to visit his Roman officer, Metilius, who accompanied him throughout his journeys, in hopes of being exempt from the job that Pilate had given him and able to go on with his normal life after his imprisonment. But instead, he was given another task to investigate Jesus of Nazareth and the movement He had created. New Testament Survey involves all of the stories of Jesus' life, all of the obstacles He had gone through, and tells of how people came to love, ...
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Reading, "The Shadow of the Galilean," was extremely different than what I was expecting this book to be. I was expecting to be reading of just the life of Jesus and the stories that are presented throughout the New Testament of how He brought people to follow Him and the struggles that He had gone through; not a book that contained both historical facts and fictional characters and events within it. Despite my initial reaction, I became thoroughly interested in this book once I began to read it because it was so different than what I was expecting. The fictional part of it kept me entertained throughout its entirety and made me curious to know what happens next at all times. All in all, I recommend that any person who is learning about the life of Jesus and wants a little "kick" to His stories, dive into Gerd Theissen's narrative of "The Shadow of the Galilean."
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