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Isbouts to write new book for National Geographic

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Sep 23, 2011

National Geographic Books, a unit of National Geographic Society, has retained Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, author of National Geographic’s bestseller The Biblical World, for a new book titled In the Footsteps of Jesus. The new book will place the life of Jesus within the geography, history, and culture of first century Roman Palestine using the latest insights from modern archaeology, literary research, and forensic studies.

The Biblical World, written by Isbouts and published by National Geographic in 2007, explored the geographical, cultural, and literary context of the Judeo-Christian Bible, including narratives from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. As was the case with The Biblical World, the new book will deploy a strictly non-denominational approach. A television series based on the book is under consideration.

 “We hope that In the Footsteps of Jesus will help modern audiences to better understand Jesus in the context of his time, both as a historical figure and as the founder of Christianity,” said Lisa Thomas, senior editor at National Geographic Books.

A humanities scholar, Isbouts is a faculty member in the doctoral media psychology program at Fielding Graduate University. His most recent books include Young Jesus (2008) and From Moses to Muhammad (2010). For more information, visit

National Geographic Society, founded in 1888 and based in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. For more information, visit


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