Jerusalem at Sunrise
What Did Jesus DO All Day? tries to bridge two very different worlds, the one we know today and the one Jesus knew in the Holy Land, an ancient world steeped in Jewish culture but molded by Roman rule.
Archaeological discoveries, historical writings, and early Jewish studies continue to uncover what everyday life was like back then. Surprisingly, as the distant past comes into sharper focus, similarities emerge that are far beyond sharing basic human needs like food, drink, clothing, and housing. Like us, teen Jesus and his contemporaries worked and studied hard, worshipped in community, celebrated holidays and weddings with family and friends, spoke to God in prayer, and strove for integrity. Like us, they faced temptation and sin, failure and loss, political upheaval and war, betrayal and violence, sickness and death.
Somehow, the closer we look into Jesusí world, the more familiar it feels. At times, we might even see ourselves in some of its people. The more we understand what Jesus experienced growing up in his world, the more we'll understand him -- and why he still speaks to our hearts.
The book is available in paperback and e-Book formats; the e-Book "Study Guide" (by Felicia Silcox) can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Deepest gratitude to Professor and Minister F. Russell Bennett, Ed. D., Louisville, Kentucky, for kindly writing the following book review and allowing its publication on this web site.
"Felicia Silcox has made a unique contribution to theological education by publication of 'What Did Jesus DO All Day?' It is not only written so that the average layperson can understand, but based on remarkable scholarly research and expanded by an extensive online site for additional information. She did not just hypothesize the terms unreported in the Gospels, but uses historical documentation that details the environment of Jesus' time.
"The book provides both a better comprehension of the gospel narrative and hence also an increased sensitivity to its message for our living. As the author explains, she writes about 'a brilliant, complex Jewish youth who lived an ordinary life that had an extraordinary reality.' I wish this book had been available for the many first-year students I taught during my six years on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It would've expanded their perception of the biblical record.
F. Russell Bennett, Ed. D."