Saturday, March 26, 2016

#REVIEW: Behold The Man by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Title: Behold The Man
Series: The Jerusalem Chronicles #3
Author: Bodie and Brock Thoene
Publisher: Zondervan
Published Date: March 1, 2016
ISBN:  978-0310336037
Genre: Biblical fiction
Pages: 368
Buy It Link: Amazon

Synopsis:  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 Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was such an awesome book to read during Holy Week. It revolves around Pontius Pilate, his wife Claudia, their son Philo, and a Roman centurion named Marcus Longinus. Starting out in Rome, we are introduced to the hidden desires and treachery of the Roman court. We meet Pontius Pilate and see a part of him not seen in the Bible.
Though reading this side of Pontius Pilate created by the authors made me dislike Pontius Pilate even more. I used to feel sorry for him, feeling as if his hands were tied in the matter of Jesus' execution.The authors did a fantastic job of creating a believable and empathetic character out of Claudia. I do agree with others that the ending felt rushed and I wasn't able to enjoy it as much.
Fortunately, though this was the third in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone, since I hadn't read the second book in this series.

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