A strength of this book is that it is written in a considerable belles lettres -light literature style. Accordingly, the diction will appeal to a wide public constituency.
The volume depicts the early life of Jesus as a healer and a prophet. At one point, James critiques Jesus making sparrows out of clay on the Sabbath. The death of Herod is covered, as well as the prior knowledge by Joseph. Coincidentally, Herod ordered massive searches everywhere in the kingdom. A realistic portrayal of the marketplace is made; wherein, peddlers of all kinds can come together to sell their wares.
Cleopus told how Saul consulted with a Soothsayer to summon from Sheol the spirit of the dead prophet Samuel. After the calling, Saul was to learn of his ultimate fate from Samuel. There is a scene from the Mount of Olives. This captures a last look at Jerusalem enroute to Nazareth.
This book distinguishes itself from fairly involved theological renditions of Jesus due to the shear simplicity of the presentation. Readers everywhere will appreciate the brevity and general historical accuracy of the work- a sign of some excellent scholastic research by the author and collaborators.
The book will appeal to a large constituency of Christians, Jews, Moslems and other faiths.
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