This fourth volume, or Book 4, picks up from Book 3 and considers the background of Mary and Joseph, an ancient and traditional enemy of Israel, Herod the Great and the Herodian Family, the early years of Jesus, the home at Nazareth, the Messianic expectations and consciousness of the Jews, the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan by John, an eyewitness account of the baptism of Jesus, and observations on the person and work of Messiah. A special feature of this Book is a comprehensive presentation of the various expectations, ideas, and understandings that a wide variety of men had of the mysterious person called the Messiah. What was he? Who was he? What would he do? How would he affect them? All of these views are assembled in a unique and concise manner before the story of Mary and the Nativity is begun.