About When Jesus Wept
Book 1 in the Thoene’s new Jerusalem Chronicles.
Brock and Bodie Thoene’s most powerful and climactic writing project to date, When Jesus Wept, captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world.
Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus’ ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.
Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
My thoughts on When Jesus WeptI have found that I really enjoy Biblical fiction and When Jesus Wept, was no exception. The story stays true to the scriptural accounts, but the authors take poetic license to add to the stories we all know and love. This allows the reader to get an insight to what the people may have been feeling during that time and this allows the reader to feel more of a personal connection. I enjoy being able to develop that connection as I find that when I go back and re-read the scriptural accounts, I have a more intimate connection with the stories and the people in them.
I recommend this to any one who enjoys Biblical fiction.