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.
About Brock and Bodie Thoene:
BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee)
have written over 65 works of historical fiction. Over thirty-five
million of these best-selling novels are in print. Eight ECPA Gold
Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already
discoveredthe Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at
capturing readers minds and hearts.
Bodie began her writing
career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her
byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World
Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also
worked for John Waynes Batjac Productions (shes best known as author of
The Fall Guy) and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John
Wayne described her as a writer with talent that captures the people and
the times! She has degrees in journalism and communications.
Brock has often been described by Bodie as
an essential half of this writing team. With degrees in both history and
education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line
consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to
such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series
are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist
libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to
teach history in college classrooms.
Bodie and Brock have four
grown children Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellieand eight grandchildren.
Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as
the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks.
Bodie and Brock divide their time between London, Hawaii, Central California, and Nevada.
I have read all three books in this series and each one is better than the one before. The research they
do is impeccable. This book focuses on the last days of Christ, Claudia, and Pilate. In this book we have a front row seat to Claudia and Pilate's relationship, which isn't pretty.
Having just come through Lent and Resurrection Sunday this book was a perfect read. As I read it I was ushered into this time of celebrating Christ's sacrifice for us. I loved this book and read way past my bedtime. I highly recommend it!