The title of this book alone was enough to spur my curiosity. These characters represented the very basis of my religious belief for most of my life. As I began this historical journey through the eyes of the author, I anxiously awaited the twists, turns, and conflicts, many directly recorded in the Bible. The description of the area, the peoples, the Temple, the personal dynamics of the characters was vivid and perked my imagination. This book was a page turner and the surprising plot and ending will stay with me forever. If you’re a “what if” person, this book will satisfy your appetite.
This is a new and different version of an old understanding. It provides a totally feasible explanation to what “happened” to the man named Jesus of Nazareth consistent to the historical events of that day but without the intervention of angels and God. Nothing in here diminishes the philosophy of Jesus or the intentionality of his words, this is just a story of a human trying to make things right. Read it to learn. Read it to answer questions you have asked yourself.
What will your perception be, the same as the author or totally different? Although I felt there were parts of the story that did not necessarily need to be explained in such detail (my opinion only) I absolutely loved the read! However not so much the ending. I highly recommend you read this book, it will really make you stop and think. It does not matter what religion you are or what your belief system is, it is just a great story.
Who hasn’t wondered about the story of Jesus, even as a Christian? The research done for this book includes details and descriptions of the people, places and events during the time of Jesus that give background and substance to the biblical stories. This new version of the story of Jesus – Yeshua the Nazarene – was thrilling at times and always thought provoking. And, really, who knows what is hidden in the Vatican secret archives? While this book didn’t change my faith, it did give me something to think about and ponder.
If you ever wanted to understand the history of the world during the time of Jesus of Nazareth, this is the book for you. As a plus, it offers an alternative narrative to the accepted version of the story of his life which makes sense. I highly recommend this book to those who have questioned the “official Version.”