Jesus of Nazareth's life on earth left a larger mark on Western history than that of any other man or woman. He lived 2000 years ago, he wrote nothing himself; in fact, everything we know "officially" about him is contained in about 100 often redundant and occasionally contradictory pages. He seems to have been on the record for only about three years of his life, from the age of about 30 until he was killed at the age of around 33. But what he taught in that brief span of time has pervaded Western thought for 2000 years—years that are measured throughout much of the world from the time of his birth, a date that chronologically divides Western history into two parts, Before and After. In this book the remarkable story of Jesus Christ has been narrated in his own voice, bringing alive the times and teachings of this great messiah.