[BOOK REVIEW: Behold the Man by Bodie & Brock Thoene]
I have a weakness when it comes to books – I love stories (even if fictitious) about beloved characters that make me take another look at them. For this very reason, Tosca Lee’s Iscariot blew me away (I highly recommend that book to anyone who wants to understand what could’ve driven Judas to do what he did.)
So when I saw Thoenes’ Behold the Man, I knew that I want to read it.
Albeit the title of the book and its cover, the story is mostly focused on other people mentioned in the Gospels: Pilate, his wife Claudia, and the centurion she was in love with, Marcus. It’s a story of jealousy, healing, betrayal, and, above all, hope.
It is written quite well and I kept turning (or, rather, swiping, since this was an e-book) pages, eager to find out what happens. The fact that I knew the BIG story didn’t interfere with wanting to learn the details. The book also quotes Bible whenever Jesus is speaking, so it ties the stories well together.
The only thing that made me wary is when Jesus dies, Claudia is focused on His words about rising from the dead and, when her son Philo says that Jesus rose from the dead, she doesn’t even doubt that it really happened even though she didn’t witness it herself. On one hand, I think it would’ve been nice, but on the other hand, considering the Gospel accounts of the story, even the disciples weren’t so eager to believe it right away (and they have spent three years with their Rabbi, witnessing all the miracles). I mean, their teacher was brutally killed and they were afraid and crushed with grief. And it is Claudia, Pilate’s wife, who is the one to cheerfully believe right away that “Yay! He’s alive again!” It felt as a too sweet “nice Christian ending.” It might be just me.
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