Behold the Man

Behold the Man

Book - 2016
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"Behold the Man is the culmination of the Jerusalem Chronicles and brings readers to an encounter with the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Nashville : Zondervan, 2016.
ISBN: 9780310336044
031033604X
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 23cm.
Additional Contributors: Thoene, Brock 1952-- Author

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lt_bibliosara Apr 02, 2018

I loved the first two books in the Jerusalem Chronicles. The Thoene's have a knack for bringing their characters to life; or rather, bringing you to the characters' lives.
In Behold the Man Bodie and Brock Thoene again showcase their talents for historical accuracy and vivid storytelling combined into one. I enjoyed how this novel bounced between several third-person perspectives, primarily Claudia and Marcus.
So why not the 4+ stars I usually give the Thoene's?
My problem is with the violence exhibited in this, the conclusion to the Jerusalem Chronicles trilogy. Although violence is going to be a big factor in the story they are telling (Romans, 1st century AD Jewish persecution, crucifixions, etc.), I didn't like the offhand way they wrote about it. I got tired of the abuse inflicted on Claudia-and I hated that she let it happen. For a reason I don't understand, she never reported the abuse to her father. The father who tells her about his concern for her and her son's safety at the beginning of the book. The father who already hates her husband. I also didn't like how Claudia baited Pilot into his angry rampages. No, it's not her fault he beats her. However, yes, I think it's inappropriate to bait your abuser when you have a child to look after.
Also, I was rather stymied why some of the characters had completely different stories/backgrounds than described in the first two novels. It felt like a stand-alone, and would have worked better as a stand-alone; that way, I wouldn't have felt betrayed by the changed characters, changed writing style, and missing mentions of the previous two books' main characters (In Take This Cup, Lazarus was featured as well as a few other characters' whose backgrounds were consistent with the events of the first novel).
Overall, I love the Thoene's. But why, oh why, did they make this so different than the first two? And what is up with Claudia?? If it had just stuck to Marcus' perspective, I would have been thrilled.

Side note: BEST book to finish reading on Easter Sunday!! <3

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lt_bibliosara Apr 02, 2018

lt_bibliosara thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lt_bibliosara Apr 02, 2018

Violence: Describes crucifixion, and mentions of physical abuse and rape (not described, only referred to).

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