“But I do not think you will ever find Yeshua’s body … unless you find Him first,” Clavius is told in Angela Hunt’s novelization of the major motion picture, Risen.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-page paperback targets those interested in a fictionalization of a Roman tribune’s viewpoint of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Using the Complete Jewish Bible, the rendition contains topics of fornication, physical abuse, and death so it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
Based on the story by Paul Aiello and screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello, thirty-eight-year-old Clavius is Pontious Pilate’s tribune who is commissioned to hunt down Jesus’s body when He is missing from the tomb. The soldier interrogates a myriad of characters such as Joseph of Arimathea, Herod Antipas, Miriam, Nicodemus, Mary of Magdala, Pilate’s wife, Prophetess Anna, and some of Jesus’s disciples and followers. Traipsing through cemetery crypts, inspecting Judas Iscariot’s body, and examining the soldiers’ stories, he questions if death could be defeated.
Told from first person by Clavius and his lover, widowed Jewess Rachel, it is not until the Roman encounters Christ that he is challenged regarding his beliefs, faith, sin, and love.
~ Why ~
This book offers the reader a different perspective from a rising-in-the-ranks soldier who believes “Rome is always right” as he uncovers the steps Jesus walked to the cross and afterward to Galilee.
~ Why Not ~
Those that know their Bible will quickly see the ample liberties taken as the story is told of Clavius being the same one that stuck the sword in Jesus while He was on the cross, dealt with interrogating the soldiers at the empty tomb, witnessed Thomas’s doubt, and saw Adonai on the shores of Galilee.
~ Who ~
Author Angela Hunt has written over one hundred books, mostly novels focusing on the Bible’s characters. Having won several prestigious awards, she lives with her husband and dogs in Florida.
~ Wish ~
I appreciated Hunt’s using capitalization of pronouns of God only when the person speaking was a believer. However, having consistency of all pronouns being capitalized shows reverence to the Almighty, no matter if someone believes in Him or not.
~ Want ~
If you want a fast-read novelization of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ from a different perspective that blends several events into one, this would be enjoyable, but do keep in mind the true narrative in the Word of God.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.
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