A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem, By Ben Witherington III
A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem
  • Length: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 22, 2017
  • Item Code: 5173
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5173-7

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It's AD 70. And amidst smoke, clamor, and terror, Jerusalem is falling to the Romans, its temple being destroyed. As Jews and Christians try to escape the city, we travel with some of them through an imagined week of flight and faith. A scribe makes his way into Galilee in search of records of Jesus' life and teachings. A company of women, responding to a prophecy, travels the route to a new life in Pella. We see friends reunited, join a worship gathering of Jesus followers, and discover treasured manuscripts.

In this imaginative and entertaining narrative, New Testament scholar Ben Witherington leads us behind the veil of centuries to see and experience the historical and social realities of this epochal event. Allowing the light of what we do know to conjure possible events, A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem is a fun and informative journey into the wrinkles and folds of a lost story.

"With skill and drama, Ben Witherington takes us through what the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 might have been like—fascinating, to say the least, and instructive as well."

Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, executive director for cultural engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Three very important things happened in the first century AD: Jesus died on a Roman cross, Jesus was resurrected, and the city and temple of Jerusalem were captured and destroyed by the Romans. These three events, which took place within one generation, changed the world. The first two events have been discussed endlessly and have been dramatized in literature, theater, and cinema. But the third event, the fall of Jerusalem, has received very little attention. This is why I welcome Ben Witherington's imaginative but historically and culturally well-informed drama of what a week in the fall of Jerusalem might have been like. It's a fun read but also very informative and instructive."

Craig A. Evans, Houston Baptist University

"Ben Witherington's A Week in the Fall of Jerusalem invites readers to imagine what life would have been like for Jewish believers in Yeshua in the turbulent days of the First Jewish Revolt, a gripping story with which many are unfamiliar. While telling a good story and weaving it around familiar characters of the New Testament, Witherington also informs readers about many historical and cultural elements of the Jewish and Roman worlds of the late first century. Witherington's narrative of historical fiction engages the reader's imagination, bringing them into an experience of the life of early Jewish Yeshua-followers in the wake of the trauma of AD 70."

Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University, Chicago

Read an Excerpt


1. Where There’s Smoke
2. Miryam of Pella
3. The Daughters of Jerusalem
4. Sorrow and Woe
5. A Tale of Lentils and Lentels
6. Levi’s Flight
7. Respite in Jericho
8. Prophecy and Interpretation
9. Visitors in Worship
10. The Parting of the Ways
11. Julius Reports Back
12. The Travels and Travails of Torah
13. The End of Levi
14. Uncertain Paths
15. The House of the Fisherman
16. Another Journey Begins
17. Of Spices and Snakes
18. The Secrets of Bethsaida
19. The Remains of the Week
20. Prayers and Providence
21. Old Scrolls and New Scrolls
22. Family Reunion
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Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is a prominent evangelical scholar and Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His other works include The Indelible Image, Women and the Genesis of Christianity, The Gospel Code, A Week in the Life of Corinth, and commentaries on the entire New Testament. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications and is a frequent contributor to Patheos and Beliefnet.

Witherington is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University, and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament, and the Institute for Biblical Research. He previously taught at institutions like Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings around the world. He has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible and is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. Along with many interviews on radio and television networks across the country, Witherington has been seen in programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline, and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness.

Read Witherington's Patheos blog The Bible and Culture.