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The Day Christ Died [Paperback]

By Jim Bishop (Author)
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Presents an hour-by-hour account of the Last Supper and trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus, and depicts the Jewish and Roman worlds of His day

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"This is a book about the most dramatic day in the history of the world, the day on which Jesus of Nazareth died. It opens at 6 P.M.—the beginning of the Hebrew day—with Jesus and ten of the apostles coming through the pass between the Mount of Olives and the Mount of Offense en route to Jerusalem and the Last Supper. It closes at 4 P.M. the following afternoon, when Jesus was taken down from the cross. . . . The fundamental research was done a long time ago by four fine journalists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The rest has been added in bits and pieces from many men whose names span the centuries."—from the Foreword

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The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 45
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 85
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1992 page 47

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperOne
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1991
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060608161  
ISBN13  9780060608163  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Bishop was a syndicated columnist and author of many bestselling books, including The Day Lincoln Was Shot, The Day Christ Died, and A Day in the Life of President Kennedy. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Bishop died in 1987.

Jim Bishop was born in 1907 and died in 1987.

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A Great Read  Jan 18, 2007
This was quite a good book. Although I'm not particularly religious, it was full of interesting facts about Christ's final hours. It was refreshing to read about Him as a "man" as well as the saviour. Jim Bishop gives a great insight about the deeper history of the reasons and actions regarding Christ's last day. This book brought to me a greater understanding of what I had been taught as a child in terms that I could relate to on a human level.
excellent book!  Feb 8, 2006
This is a wonderful book about Jesus. Although the title implies that you will only read about his last day on earth, you will actually read about much more than that. There is one section that skips clear back to the day he was born and other sections that cover other times in his life. There are sections that give descriptions of the geographical area, the lifestyle of the people, the rulers and the religious leaders of the time, and much more. All descriptions are factual and very interesting. Only recently I discovered that this book has a description of the scourge that is very similar to the scourge as depicted in the movie "The Passion". Bear in mind this book was written nearly 50 years ago, so it is not "copied" from the movie.
Interesting and Informative  Mar 6, 2005
'The Day Christ Died' tells the story of the 24 hours leading up to the death of Jesus Christ.

It takes the familiar story from the Gospels and adds details from everyday life of the time. There are chapters on the Jewish and Roman worlds of the time that further add insight.

This book is similar to Mel Gibson's movie 'The Passion of the Christ' in the way that it focuses things on the last day. There is also a lengthy chapter entitled 'Jesus' which tells much of the story of His earlier life.

It is very good at helping to explain the background and cultures of the times. For instance, it adds lots of insight into the political maneuverings of Annas and Caiphas and the way their positions interacted with the Roman authorities.

This is a quick read packed with lots of information. It is very worthwhile.
A historical and literary pleasantry  Feb 17, 2005
Bishop wrote a wonderful book which considers much of what Mel Gibson's recent movie depicts. Bishop is a historian at heart, breaking in with full-length chapters on Roman and Palestinian life and history, as he considers the last hours and days of Christ's life. This is a bold text for anyone to undertake write because there exists some uncertainties when detailing with these events. One great thing about this text is that it is a simple and quick read. Not a thousand page history and doctrinal treatise. Good for all ages.
Bishop makes his approach a thoughtful one and employs great writing and research to present his chronology and case. One can not read this text and get a better idea of what it was like in the last hours and days, alongside a better perspective for the times and people of this period, for Christ. It is a history book in every sense. It should be applauded and read with interest; just don't bet the farm on it.
Moving Story of Christ's Final Day on Earth  Jul 21, 2004
Jim Bishop has a way of making history come alive.

I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction, liking the stories of mankind straight up and as they happened. Jim Bishop does not fictionalize his stories the way a Vidal of Sharra does -- what he does is add color and texture to actual events and actual dialogue to make two dimensional histories come alive.

In this book, Bishop, as I understand it, took only the dialogue and scenes appearing in the Gospels to tell the story of Christ's final day on earth. The book is broken down into hour by hour chapters. Three background chapters -- one on Jesus? life; one on the Jewish world and one on the Roman -- give the "greatest story ever told" context and allow the reader to more easily slip back into a world 2,000 years old.

As I understand the Gospels -- and I am by no means an expert -- Bishop remains true to the Jesus story and the biblical account. While the Gospels are moving in themselves, having such a skilled writer describe the scenery, the points in Jerusalem where Jesus was taken and traveled and the characters who inhabit the drama enlivens an already supremely rich story.

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