Publisher Releases Professor’s Book, “The World of Jesus”

Wipf & Stock, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, has recently released a book from Bethel’s Associate Professor of the Bible, Old Testament and Hebrew, Anthony J. Tomasino, Ph.D. The book is called “The World of Jesus” and is the first volume of the “Putting the Bible in Its Place” series.

Most people recognize that knowledge about the historical events and culture of the ancient world can greatly enhance our understanding of the Bible; but finding trustworthy resources that present the Bible’s background in an interesting, accessible format can be a challenge. This series, “Putting the Bible in Its Place,” is designed to provide serious students of the Bible with the tools they need to draw exciting new insights from the text. In informative, easy-to-read prose, expert authors provide overviews of the events, beliefs and customs that shaped the world of some of the Bible’s most prominent figures.

In this volume, “The World of Jesus,” readers will be introduced to the history and institutions that formed the setting for Jesus’ life and ministry. The Greek influence on the East, the might of the Roman Empire, the religious beliefs of the scribes and Pharisees, the daily life of the Galilean working class, and much more will unfold before your eyes. The words and works of Jesus will become less mysterious but even more significant when viewed in the light of their original context.

Other published works by Tomasino include “Judaism Before Jesus” (2001) and “Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Esther” (2009).

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelors and masters degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.