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Friday, April 1, 2016

Behold The Man

Bodie and Brock Thoene have written over seventy works of historical fiction.  That these bestsellers have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered - that the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers' minds and hearts.  In their popular A.D. Chronicles they stepped seamlessly into the world of Jerusalem and Rome, in the days when Yeshua walked the earth.  Most recently, in the Jerusalem Chronicles, the Thoenes continue that journey through the most crucial events in the life of Yeshua on earth.

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Encounter the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in this culmination of the Jerusalem Chronicles.

How could Jesus - who preached  righteousness before God, and love and mercy toward neighbors - be so hated and pursued?  To the Temple officials, he was a threat to the livelihood and authority of the priesthood.  To Herod Antipas he was a threat to his ambition to be the King of the Jews.  And to the Roman overlords, he was seen as a dangerous threat; a man who commanded an army of the common people.  He could heal wounds, offer miraculous provisions, and even raise from the dead.  If Jesus had accepted popular acclaim and become an earthly king, he would have been unstoppable.

Jesus's last days are explored through three people who interacted with him:  Governor Pilate, for whom Judea will either make or break his career; Pilate's wife, Claudia, desperately seeking aid for her much loved, crippled son; and Centurion Marcus Longinus, caught in the middle between loyalty to the Empire, love for Claudia, and an ever-increasing belief in Jesus as the Son of God.  After encountering Jesus, none of them will ever be the same.

My Thoughts:
In typical Thoene fashion, Behold The Man, was an emotional ending to the Jerusalem Chronicles series.  Bodie and Brock bring the biblical narrative to life for their readers.  While Jesus is of course "the God-Man of the hour", the Thoenes give readers the perspectives of three other characters which brings a stark dimension to a familiar story from the Bible.  The Thoenes stay true to the biblical narrative and are able to seamlessly weave artistic liberties (with a few surprises!) without taking from the truth of the Scriptures.  Their books are always a joy to read.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for giving an honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,