Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion PictureAngela Hunt, Angela Hunt, Kevin Reynolds, Paul Aiello
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization of the movie 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 revo... Read More
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.
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- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 1, 2016
- UPC: 9780764218453
- Height: 1.00
- Width: 5.50
- Length: 8.40
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Dec 29, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 076421845X
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- From Roman Pig to Jesus's Sheep by Babbling Becky L on 6/21/2016
I loved this powerful,emotional book by Angela Hunt. A novelization of the motion picture by Paul Aiello and Kevin Reynolds, it contained a lot of brutality that was present at the time of Jesus's crucifixion. In fact, the main character, Clavius, is a Roman Tribune who has hardened himself to the death he sees and causes in Judea by the phrase,"Rome is always right." When Jesus's tomb is found empty, Clavius is commissioned to discover where His body could be and who could have removed it.
Rachel, a young Jewish widower, is the other narrator in this moving tale told in the first person pov. Rachel is looking for peace and love, but uncertain whether she can find either in Clavius.
Clavius brings in persons of interest to question regarding people claiming to see Jesus, post-resurrection. One old, blind woman, Miriam,asks Clavius, '"Don't you want to know what He said?"...
"He said a grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies produces much fruit." Her face glowed with confidence. "You're too late to stop the harvest." '
My thoughts on the story itself:
The Scriptures used fit into place well, although some of what Jesus said was actually spoken before His death. I was impressed by the research that went into the project.
The story flowed well between the two narrators, and the action kept me quickly turning pages. It was easy to identify with the characters, and to hope that they would eventually identify with the Messiah. I was not expecting the ending. If you like Biblical fiction, this is a great book to flesh out the Scripture! I highly recommend this book!
- Great Retelling of the Resurrection Story From Roman Eyes by Sydney on 2/28/2016
Most of us know the story of the week leading up to Jesus’s Crucifixion. We know about the hours on the cross, the three days in the tomb, and the Resurrection on Sunday. This all pretty much comes from the point of view of his followers, of course.
But what about all the other people in Jerusalem at the time? How did they see all of this?
In this novelization of the new major motion picture, we follow Roman Tribune Clavius from Good Friday on. Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas worry that Yeshua’s followers will sneak into the cemetery in the middle of the night and steal the body, then spread the story that Yeshua has indeed risen from the dead. No body = no proof that he didn’t! Pilate is under increasing pressure to keep the peace in Jerusalem, which grows harder to do during the Passover feast and with magicians, messiahs, and rebels around every corner. Clavius, in fact, has just come from quelling a rebel uprising when he meets with Pilate at the beginning of the story.
The book follows Clavius as he is sent on the mission first to prevent the body of Yeshua from being stolen, and then to recover the body (soon, because after a few days decomposition begins to make them indistinguishable from similar corpses) and apprehend those responsible. The mystery novel feel is a fun, interesting way to venture through this.
We don’t only follow Clavius, however. There is a young Jewish widow, Rachel, who bakes bread for her living. She witnessed Yeshua’s mile long walk to Golgotha, watched his Crucifixion, and has begun asking questions about him – very carefully, of course – to try and satisfy her curiosity. Just discussing him with another person might bring the wrong type of attention upon her, which is something she certainly doesn’t need… especially as she has developed a relationship with none other than Clavius.
I really enjoyed this book. I always appreciate when I can read “the other side” of events, and author Angela Hunt brings this to life very nicely. A bonus bit of appreciation here: the use of Jesus’s Hebrew name, Yeshua, was a total plus for me, It enabled me to not stop and think “Oh, this is a Bible story” nearly every time I read his name, simply because of that little change. (It also lent more of a historical flavor to the story as well.)
If you are in want of a good Easter-season book, try this one out. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
This book was sent to me by the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review – which is what you see here! :)