Excellent book. Kept my attention from beginning to end. The truth of this story is real even if the story itself isn't.
The real value of the Bible is in the way it changes lives. There will always be people who don't accept and believe it but that doesn't alter the Truth contained in it. Those who have embraced it, will agree with me and those who haven't won't.
Yes, things were different back then - maybe better. At least people didn't WORSHIP animals like they do today. Veneration of the four-legged types almost above us humans is really one of my PET peeves!