This is a fictional account of a first century Jew named Andreas who is forced to work as a spy for Pilate. Andreas is seeking to bring information about Jesus back to Pilate. Along the way he meets the Essenes, Freedom fighters, and some people familiar to you from the Gospels, Josephus and other historical works.
The narrative is packed with history as Theissen unpacks for his readers what he thinks we can know about Jesus and the world in which he lived.
I have required my students to read this book as part of my Gospels class and the response has, for the most part, been positive.
So, leave your name below and I will draw a winner on Monday.
Yes, I will ship it Down Under and to other less strange parts of the world. And no, Jonathan, there are no lewd cartoons inside.
Also, the winner of last week's giveaway has not claimed the prize. Therefore, whoever enters this giveaway will also be entered to win Mark Goodacre's The Synoptic Problem, A way through the Maze.