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A pivotal era of history comes to life in this fascinating biography of Jesus of Nazareth. The scrupulous account of Jesus' life spans his birth in Bethlehem to his trial and death in Jerusalem along with an emphasis on the characters and events that shaped his journey and his enduring legacy. This revised and updated edition features new images from Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the latest information from the groundbreaking work to expose the original surface of Jesus' tomb. Renowned religious historian and best-selling author Jean-Pierre Isbouts combines the latest historical and archaeological discoveries with enthralling storytelling to illustrate what is known and speculated about Jesus' youth, life, and work. This expert text is presented in an enjoyable, reader-friendly format sure to inspire both newcomers to biblical history as well as the devoted.
From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of 10 prayers that played a pivotal role in world events - from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther King's powerful Prayer to Open Hearts and Minds; from George Washington's prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz; from Constantine the Great's prayer before battle to Gandhi's deeply moving "prayer of peace." With an attractive package and highly approachable format that includes the full text of each prayer, Ten Prayers That Changed the World is a perfect book for seekers of solace and the intellectually curious.
Two thousand years after his death, Jesus of Nazareth remains one of history's most influential and fascinating figures. In this powerful, elegantly written, and expertly illustrated celebration, Jean-Pierre Isbouts brings readers into Jesus' life journey on a deeply human level, narrating his experiences from his earliest years to his mission travels in lower Galilee to his final days in the Garden of Gethsemane. Key events and figures from John the Baptist to Mary Magdalene to Judas are highlighted in compelling detail. Carefully selected artwork featuring some of the great artists of the ages - da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many more - illustrate indelible moments in Jesus' life, from Mary's annunciation to the Last Supper. Breathtaking National Geographic photography and maps complete the package, drawing readers into a time, a place, and a life that would forever change the world. Absorbing, engaging, and meticulously researched, this inspiring journey features all-new location photography from the Holy Land and beautiful, high-resolution paintings, offering a source of inspiration for readers of all backgrounds.
Chapters, beginning with the dawn of human civilization and ending with present day and the future of archaeology, chronicle hundreds of sites and artefacts found in Sumer, Babylon, the Second Temple, along the route of the Exodus, and in many other regions across the Middle East. Timelines bridge hundreds o years and several empires, maps give readers a visual sense of location, while hundreds of photos and illustrations of rare artefacts and ancient places add to the visual splendour. It concludes with details of what remains to be found and the evolving dynamic of biblical faith in an increasingly scientific world in which archaeologists make daily breakthroughs.
Expertly crafted text describes what is known and speculated about Jesus's youth, life and work, while showing the larger events that combined to shape the world in which He lived. Both the text and sidebars describe the places in Jesus' world that can still be experienced by visitors, as well as key sites that have since disappeared but can be reconstructed by forensic means; what life was like in an agricultural society in 1st century Lower Galilee before the Jewish War; the omnipresent tension between Greco-Roman urban lifestyles and observant Jewish communities, which because of its geographic location was particularly acute in Lower Galilee; the devastating impact of Herodian tax regimes and subsequent Roman census-based taxation in Lower Galilee, and the wholesale displacement of the Jewish peasantry; modern religious practices that can be traced to Jesus' teaching and experiences, and other compelling historical figures of the era. Captivating elements include quotes attributed to Jesus; historical data derived from Jewish sources such as the Mishnah, and Roman sources such as Josephus; census data and other documents; key facts, and insightful main text. Newcomers to biblical history as well as the devoted will find this an invaluable reference and a gorgeous book for the home library.
Whenever the subject of the modern workplace is raised in academic discourse, the focus usually shifts to disruptive technologies. Indeed, our workplace has experienced some fundamental changes as a result of technological innovation. Mobile platforms, social media, and cloud computing have fundamentally transformed traditional concepts in human productivity and efficiency, and the manner in which human relationships develop and function within modern organizations. There are, however, other prominent currents in our society that continue to affect the modern workplace, specifically related to gender equality, to social justice, and to sustainability. The purpose of this monograph, published by Fielding Graduate University, is to address some of these changes in greater detail, based on dissertation research conducted by six women graduates of Fielding's PhD program in Human and Organizational Development (HOD). Each of these dissertations looks at a unique aspect of social change in the modern workplace. Tiffanie Dillard's article addresses the changing role of women in organizations, particularly the factor of empowerment (or disempowerment) when women followers report to women leaders. Anne Litwin's article wonders whether the unique dynamic of relationships among women in the office can lead to conflict with masculine organizational norms. Carol Brown's article moves the discussion of gender roles to the boardroom level. Her investigation, using 17 Canadian corporate directors, asks whether a post-heroic feminine style of leadership can emerge as a key contributor to effective board engagement. Loni Davis' study looks at the impact of mobile practices, and how mobile devices have blurred the traditional boundaries of the modern workplace. Catherine Brooker's article takes us to another important topic of the modern workplace, the issue of sustainability, particularly as it relates to futures expertise in strategy and organization consulting. Lastly, Deborah Burke looks at the denouement of corporate America as the quintessential "big business" paradigm of the past century. To what extent, she asks, are the management prescriptions of mid-20th century corporate gurus still relevant to the modern workplaces of today? Fielding Graduate University, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, was founded in 1974, and is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. Fielding is an accredited, nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face-to-face and online learning. Its curriculum offers quality masters and doctoral degrees for professionals and academics around the world. For more information, visit Fielding online at http: //www.fielding.edu."
Fifteen-year-old varsity cheerleader Alysia Jayne, a beautiful California blonde with the lithe body of an Olympic gymnast, is in an escalating spiral of drug abuse, truancy and deception. One morning in 2003, she is roused from her bed by strangers, handcuffed, and rushed across the Mexican border. Here, she is incarcerated in a disciplinary school for delinquents, called Casa by the Sea, hidden behind whitewashed walls near the resort town of Ensenada. For the next six weeks, she undergoes a brutal treatment right out of "A Clockwork Orange," designed to crush the spirit and self-confidence of its young inmates. Growing rumors of abuse and violence at the Casa facility soon prompt a full-scale raid by the Mexican Federales and the FBI, an event that forces Alysia to acknowledge the still precarious fragility of her sense of self. She voluntarily submits to another severe treatment program at Ivy Ridge Academy in Upstate New York. Clinging to her tenuous relationship with other girls in the program (though forbidden to speak), Alysia gradually develops the courage to confront the roots of her destructive behavior, and win her way back into the loving arms of her family. Candid, humorous and shocking at times, "Wild Thing" is a remarkably mature memoir of a teenager lost in the temptations of America's public schools.
Following the announcement of another Mona Lisa portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, held in a Swiss bank vault for over 40 years, this book is the first to analyze the meaning of this astonishing discovery, and how it radically changes our understanding of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. By tracing Leonardo's movements in Florence on an almost day-to-day basis, Drs. Isbouts and Brown are able to reconstruct the fascinating chronology of the Mona Lisa portrait, and show how the subject ultimately became an obsession in the latter part of Leonardo's life. The authors posit that whereas the Swiss Mona Lisa is clearly a portrait drawn from life of a young Florentine woman, the Louvre Mona Lisa is the culmination of Leonardo's lifelong quest for the mystery of motherhood, as expressed in his more than ten paintings of the Madonna motif. Written as narrative history, yet grounded in modern scholarship, The Mona Lisa Myth not only shatters the portrait's mythology, but also offers a bold new interpretation of the world's most famous painting that will revolutionize our understanding of Leonardo life and work.
"From Moses to Muhammad" explores the shared literary and cultural origins of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the context of the Babylonian, Egyptian, Greco-Roman and pre-Islamic civilizations. Among others, the author describes the use of Mesopotamian literary motifs by the Torah; the adoption of Greco-Roman iconography, as well as the Roman basilica form, by early Christianity; and the retention of pre-Islamic practices by early Islam, such as the circumambulation around the Ka'bah, the holy shrine in Mecca. In addition, Dr. Isbouts compares a number of narratives that all three traditions have in common, including the stories of Abraham, Joseph and Moses; and in the case of the Qur'an, the narratives about Jesus and his mother, Mary. What's more, this second edition includes over 100 maps, photographs and archaeological objects photographed throughout the Middle East. "From Moses to Muhammad" has received numerous favorable reviews. Prof. Bruce Chilton ("Rabbi Jesus") wrote, "With sweeping narrative and vivid analysis, Jean-Pierre Isbouts shows that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are rooted in common sources of revelation." NYU's Prof. Francis E. Peters ("The Children of Abraham") calls the book "an exciting and scrupulously fair book," and a "trustworthy guide throughout a perennial minefield." And Rabbi David Rosen said that the book "makes a most important contribution to help overcome negative stereotypes."
FLANDERS, March 1914. Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, both avid members of the British Motor Gypsy Club, volunteer for service in the Flying Ambulance Corps, created by Major Hector Munro to spirit the wounded from the Flanders battlefields to field hospitals in the rear. The two young women are joined by Lady Dorothy Fielding, the wife of the Earl of Denbigh, and a beautiful, 22-year old American nurse, Helen Gleason. But mere weeks after their deployment to Flanders, they discover the awful truth: what's killing the soldiers is not their injuries, but the horrendous, three-mile drive over unpaved, rutted roads to the rear. When the British Army Medical Corps refuses to acknowledge the problem, the four women take matters into their own hands - by setting up their own, unauthorized dressing station right on the front line. For the next three years, they battle not only German artillery and gas attacks, but also the British military establishment itself, determined to "put these women in their place" and shut down their post. Only by virtue of their heroism do the "Four Angels of Pervyse" persevere, aided by a local nobleman, Baron de T'Serclaes, who has deeply and irrevocably fallen in love with Elsie. Inspired by true characters and events, ANGELS IN FLANDERS is a riveting and deeply moving saga of love, passion and bravery in the midst of some of the worst carnage the world has ever seen. Angels in Flanders is written by best-selling author and award-winning screenwriter Jean-Pierre Isbouts. His most recent books include National Geographic's The Biblical World (2007) and Young Jesus (2008).
Sumptuously illustrated with hundreds of gorgeous photographs, artifacts, and maps, The Story of Christianity focuses on the rich social and cultural history of Christianity through the ages, from its roots in Palestine to its triumph as a global movement, told through a series of dramatic turning points and unforgettable people. Beginning with the story of Jesus' life, author Isbouts expertly sets key turning points in the story of Christianity in context, from the conversion of Constantine to Martin Luther's protest; from the Crusades to the ministry of mother Theresa. Using the dramatic art and architecture of the Christian faith as visual touchpoints and highlighting inspiring quotes and stories with resonance to the modern era, Isbouts writes with a deep respect for both Catholic and Protestant traditions and provides an excellent introduction to the complex and compelling world of the Christian faith.
Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings to place Bible stories in the framework of history. To locate sites and events, "National Geographic" cartographers have created 50 all-new maps of stunning quality.
Written by best-selling author Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Who's Who in the Bible is the ultimate reference guide to the men and women in the Bible, featuring more than 2,000 entries spanning Genesis to Revelation. From the author of In the Footsteps of Jesus and The Biblical World comes a vibrant family reference that brings to life the fascinating characters of the Old and New Testatments of the Bible. From the fall of Adam and Eve to Judas' betrayal of Jesus, the key events of the Bible are expressed through the lives of hundreds of people. Told through exquisite art and artifacts, intriguing sidebars, and unique family tree features, this illuminating volume tells the stories of Biblical characters and highlights their greater meaning for mankind. Illustrated with lavish color photography and exquisite historical artwork, this reference runs chronologically, with each person listed by order of appearance.
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