It seems appropriate for Cahill to spend so much time telling the history of the Greeks, Jews, and Romans because there is no doubt how connected and influenced they are by each other. Cahill begins with the story of Alexander the Great. In detail he explains how Alexander came into power. He also emphasizes the relationship between Alexander and his mother. This reminded me of how important Jesus’ relationship with Mary was. Cahill address Mary’s relationship with Jesus more, later in the book. In giving a rather brief history lesson, Cahill describes the beginning of Hellenizing. After telling the rise and fall of Alexander the Great Cahill writes about a familiar player in the Jewish and Roman history: Judas Maccabeus. I didn’t know the full extent of the revolt led by Judas before reading the book. The story somewhat reminded me of the movie 300. Cahill... [continues]
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