What does archaeology tell us about Jesus and the world in which he lived? How accurate are the Gospel accounts of first-century Galilee and Judea? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found? Informed by the latest archaeological research, and illustrated throughout with photographs of key findings, this fascinating book opens up the subject for people of all religious backgrounds. It will help readers gain a much clearer and more accurate picture of life in the Roman world during first century, and enable them to understand and critique the latest theories - both sober and sensational - about who Jesus was and what he stood for.
"Evans has done a favor for the lay public, college students, seminary students, and likely more than a few scholars in the writing of this book. We expect clarity, accuracy, and detailed knowledge from Evans, and he delivers it. He reports much of what archaeologists have found that relate to the story of Jesus of Nazareth and with as little bias as possible. Furthermore he has interleaved the literary evidence with the archaeological evidence to give a broader scope and understanding of the subject matter to the reader. This book does not smother us in detail, nor is it superficial, but he helps the reader to greater understanding and in a vigorous style." James F. Strange, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida