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Updated: 12/03/2017 08:30:01AM

A deeper look at the world of Jesus

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Richard Ramos

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People, places and events are often remembered for a single dynamic. George Washington, for example, is remembered as the “father” of our country, while few remember he was also a surveyor, farmer and inventor. Like that one-dimensional view of Washington, the gospels of the New Testament offer us only a partial view of what Jesus’ secular world was like.

“The New Testament is a biography and a theology, and for that the modern Christian world should be eternally thankful and take heart in its message,” said Dr. Steven Derfler, a retired professor of archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. “Unlike the Hebrew Bible’s all-encompassing world view, however, the New Testament doesn’t tell us what the world was like because its message is completely different and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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