It's no surprise that Dr. William H. Marty is a professor. His book "The World of Jesus" reads like a text book, complete with both incredibly obvious or ridiculously difficult discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The only bits that do not read like a history book are the chapter openings, particularly useless narrative shorts based on Bible and history stories. But the book itself isn't entirely useless. It's a great history of the times leading up to and following the Gospel accounts. Reading the book brought back memories of my high school days when I loved reading my history text books. Unfortunately, this history book doesn't actually provide all that many insights for understanding the New Testament. It's mostly a flat history of people and places, but not so much culture or Biblical insights, and I only made about three underlines. But it's still a great read if you're interested in the history behind the Bible.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.