years AD. 30-70 were among the most turbulent in human history, and All God’s Children is the most complete
account ever assembled of how the Christians and Jews challenged the Roman
world -- and why the degeneracy of their political overlords paved the way.
All God’s Children is a factual history,
but one using a fictitious narrator and the historical novel genre in order to
reach beyond scholars to a mass audience. By seeing the first century through
the eyes of Attalos, a Greek ex-slave and Roman immigrant who writes in A.D.
80, the reader is drawn into first century life -- before the existence of
popes, crusades and cathedrals -- to the narrator’s world of Olympic gods, rigid aristocracy and tormented
masses. The result is a griping, inspiring tale of courage and compassion in a
world of debauchery and despotism.
All God’s Children also breaks new ground in scholarly
research, revealing new insights into a forty-year period that was as
confusing as it was critical to the formation of western civilization’s two
most prominent religions. Author-journalist James D. Snyder aids the reader
Organizing chapters into two year periods,
including the most detailed chronology of the period ever compiled.
Including 37 pages of endnotes, original maps,
and illustrations of people and places of the mid-first century.
Casting new light on the close interaction
between Roman, Christian and Jewish societies and showing how profoundly each
one influenced the destinies of the others.
Thus, one learns, for example, how the debaucheries of emperors Caligula
and Nero depleted the Roman treasury, why this caused a “raid” on the Jewish
temple, and why desperate Jewish authorities felt compelled to crack down on
the newly-emerging “sect” called Christians. And as readers come to understand
why the Jews rebelled against Roman oppression, they learn why and how the
Christians went their separate way.