Bethany House, December 2015
About the Book
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.
His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth—and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.
I loved this story. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I wanted to read the book first anyway. It was well-written and made me think about some of the events that happened from other people’s perspectives. And the coolest thing about this story was Rachel’s part in the Roman’s understanding of Jewish history and how it all fits together with the Messiah. I loved how she even thought while making the unleavened bread with its stripes and holes and remembering what they meant. Everything tied back to the Messiah and Jesus fulfilling the prophecy that she grew up hearing about from her family’s study of the Torah.
The author says at the end of the book she was not actually part of the movie due to time constraints, but Rachel was in the original screenplay. She was my favorite character. Even though she knew she was living in sin by allowing Clavius to visit her house, she still talked with him about the prophesies of her people and answered his questions when he came to visit her at night. I found it fascinating how God still used their relationship to open his eyes to the possibility of God coming to earth in the form of a man and redeeming us all. I loved how she shows through his perspective that Jesus was utterly and completely dead, and then when he examined the tomb it didn’t look like it was broken into but that something inside the tomb snapped the ropes, etc. Anyway, I can’t wait to see the movie.
Michelle Sutton author, Healing Hearts