In reading the Gospels we are in some ways walking into the middle of a movie, not knowing what has gone before. In this study we examine some key questions: What is the political setting and background of the Gospels? How did conditions in the Roman Empire establish a climate in which the Messiah could come on the scene to start and build His Church and spread the gospel? Who were the Roman and Herodian rulers and political groups mentioned in the Gospels and what roles do they play? All these help us understand what we read in the Gospels.
United Church of God Pastor, Beyond Today Managing Editor
Scott Ashley is managing editor of Beyond Today magazine, United Church of God booklets and its printed Bible Study Course. He and his wife, Connie, live in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He also pastors congregations in Denver, Colorado Springs and Frisco and teaches classes on the Gospels at Ambassador Bible College.