Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and scrupulously researched life of Christ begins in the last winter of the 'hidden years', culminates with forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, and concludes with a miracle - the turning of water into wine at the marriage at Cana. In a vivid and moving narrative, Anne Rice recreates that ...
Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and scrupulously researched life of Christ begins in the last winter of the 'hidden years', culminates with forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, and concludes with a miracle - the turning of water into wine at the marriage at Cana. In a vivid and moving narrative, Anne Rice recreates that miraculous journey. Herod Antipas rules Galilee; Pontius Pilate is the new Roman governor of Judea; and the Roman Empire rules the world.In "The Road to Cana" we see Jesus - Yeshua Bar Joseph - during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea. He lives in the obscure village of Nazareth, with his large Jewish family, sharing work, worship, trials and comforts. Whispers of a virgin birth have long surrounded him. Those around him wait for some sign of the path he will take, some with awe, others with impatience or incredulity. Yeshua, like any Jewish man of his time, is constantly pressured to marry. Both divine and human, he is not blind to the beauty of the village women. As he struggles with the inevitable demands of his family and the human need for love, we see his resolute obedience to his father.Now in his thirtieth year, this quiet man of Nazareth emerges from his baptism in the river Jordan to confront his mission - and the temptations of the Devil - and to bring together his disciples. After the miracle at Cana, Yeshua is urged to call on Israel to take up arms and rise up to cast off the yoke of Rome. But as he refused the Devil, so he refuses the way of the sword. His is a different and greater destiny.
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If you have ever wanted to see and feel the things Jesus did before he even met any of the disciples, this is the book for you. This book makes you feel like you've watched him grow up right next door. I would tell anyone wanting a closer more personal look at the life of Jesus Christ to read this book. Though fiction I believe she captured the very essence of what life was like for Jesus. This is one of my all time favorite books.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-04 In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana-where Jesus turned water into wine-marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the "lost" young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-05-26 Roles don't come a whole lot juicier than playing Jesus, so James Naughton hit the jackpot when he got to read Rice's first-person account of the life of Jesus--or Yeshua, as Rice has it. Naughton has a booming baritone--the voice of a born leader. As Jesus, he offers quiet strength and a touching sense of compassion. If the material is overly familiar, for obvious reasons, Naughton handles it well. His pronunciation of the Hebrew terms with which Rice studs the text is nimble, and his reading is hushed without being overly sappy or faux spiritual. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 4). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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