Book review: Risen by Angela Hunt


by Angela Hunt

The year is AD 33 and turmoil has been brewing in Jerusalem. It is Passover week and Jerusalem is thronging with Jewish worshipers who have come to offer sacrifice in the temple. Jerusalem is under the control of the Roman empire and the citizens are not the least bit pleased. Among the people who are considered to be rabble rowsers and threats to peace are Yeshua Barabas and Yeshua the Nazarene.

Barabas is an insurgent who wants to release the Jews from Roman rule by violence. Yeshua the Nazarene is a gentle teacher who can perform miracles. The Jews called for the Nazarene’s death and he is crucified. Front and center in this novel is Clavius a Roman tribune who is charged with ensuring that the King of the Jews does not rise.

Skeptical and intelligent Clavius digs for the truth as the body of the Messiah is missing from the tomb. His investigation raises more questions than answers. Can the truth be discerned?

I have read the Bible many times and know the story of the Atonement and the Resurrection of Christ. The writing made it seem as if I was there watching the scenes unfold. How would I have reacted to the man claiming to be the Son of God had I been there? I learned a lot about Jerusalem and the lifestyles of the Jews and the Romans.  

I will admit that it was hard to put down.

This novel is also a movie of the same name. I am hoping to go see it since it seemed so realistic. I would give this book 5 of 5 stars. I am thinking of recommending it as a book to read next year in our women’s book club. I would like to thank the publishers of Bethany House for giving me the opportunity to read and own this book. I do appreciate it.

Have you read any good books lately?

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