Behold the Man, The Jerusalem Chronicles Series #3
By Bodie Thoene & Brock Thoene / Zondervan
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.
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Behold The Man is an in-depth fictional account covering the time of Pilate directly before being placed as Governor of Judea continuing to the third day following the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah. It provides the reader with the possibilities of how the characters involved felt, acted, and what may have transpired behind the scenes. Actual quotes from Biblical text is used in some areas where events from the Bible were used in addition to fictional accounts. Behold The Man takes the reader deep into the story and into the lives of all who were involved.
It was agonizing to place Behold The Man down for even a little while…I finished 335 plus pages within 24 hours. The writings of Bodie and Brock Thoene are beyond words! They draw the reader into another world and time, capturing them there until the very last page…then the reader is left wanting for more. I could not wait to find out how each situation turned out with already knowing the Biblical events of the story. When I came to the end I wanted to continue on in the lives of these characters, but there were no more pages to follow.
After the story is finished there are notes for the Biblical scripture references, an author’s note, discussion questions, an about the authors section, and an account of all their previous works. I highly recommend Behold The Man to all readers, as well as the their other books in the Jerusalem Chronicles; When Jesus Wept, The Jerusalem Chronicles Series #1, Take This Cup, Jerusalem Chronicles Series #2.