Take This Cup, Jerusalem Chronicles Series #2
By Bodie and Brock Thoene / Zondervan
Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish weaver, is born and raised among the Jews and educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus’ birth thirty years earlier. Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah? When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission; to carry a mysterious object back to the holy city of Jerusalem, an object whose reappearance heralds the Messiah’s arrival. Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem just as the final events of Jesus’ earthly ministry are coming to a climax: the Feast of Dedication, the Triumphal Entry, the last cleansing of the Temple, and culminating at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Only Nehemiah understands the true sacrifice that is to come as he makes the cup worthy of his Savior.
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Take This Cup brings the reader back to the time before the Passover and Jesus’ crucifixion upon the cross. Even though this is a work of fiction it includes actual events which took place during the times of Jesus, such as the wise men following the star after Jesus’ birth. The story is narrated by the main character, Nehemiah, a young boy. He gives the reader details of his life, home, family and those who he meets along the way as he takes the reader on a great journey filled with joy and sadness. There are many characters which Nehemiah meets throughout his travels.
As I read through each page and chapter, I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. The style of the writing and the way in which events were described propelled me to turn page after page with great interest. I enjoyed reading about the history and culture of that time. There were no parts of boredom in this story, the story was very much alive. However, this is one regret I do have, that I did not read the previous book in this series Jerusalem Chronicles. I do plan on reading other books in this series and by these authors.
I highly recommend this book to all!