Paul L. Maier's Bio:
Paul L. Maier wrote the Gold Medallion Book Award winner for children, The Very First Christmas, and three other Gold Medallion finalists, The Very First Easter and The Very First Christians, and Martin Luther. He has nine other scholarly and popular books to his credit. Several million Maier books are now in print in a dozen languages, as well as more than 250 scholarly articles in professional journals. Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently in national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also produced three four-hour video series dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, and the Early Church. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. He also serves as the second vice-president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.