Daily Life in Palestine at the Time of ChristPaperback
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- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
- Format: Paperback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 41mm | 658g
- Publication date: 1 April 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1842125095
- ISBN 13: 9781842125090
- Illustrations note: 31, 1 maps
- Sales rank: 1,860,063
Henri Daniel-Rops deploys all his towering erudition to recreate the lives of the humble men and women who were the first followers of Christ. In his hands these distant people become flesh-and-blood individuals. You will know them and their land. You will sympathise with them, like them or dislike them. They have occupations, families and homes, They work, eat, love die - in short, have all the faults and virtues of your own family or your neighbour's. The land has a look and feel to it. There are particular kinds of birds singing in the trees. Particular flowers and crops growing in the soil. There is the heat of the desert, the cool mountain air, all the varied, historically rich, and beloved geography of Palestine. Understanding these people, their turbulent times and the trials and pleasures of their lives, the relationships and differences between their times and ours becomes increasingly clear, as does the profound significance of belief and faith, in any historical period.
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Henri Daniel-Rops was the nom de plume of Henri Jules Charles Petiot. He was born in France in 1901, the grandson of peasants and the son of an artillery officer. An academic prodigy, by the age of twenty-one Petiot had earned the equivalent of three Master's degrees and became an Associate Professor of History at Neuilly a year later. He wrote more than seventy books and received a large number of distinctions and honours. In 1955 he became the youngest ever member of the Academie Francaise (eventually winning the Grand Prix) and went on to receive the Legion of Honour. Henri Jules Charles Petiot died in 1965.