The Centurion's Wife

The Centurion's Wife

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Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion's Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Bethany House Publishers, c2009
ISBN: 9780764205149
Characteristics: 378 p. : map. --
Additional Contributors: Oke, Janette 1935-


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Mar 21, 2016

This is a wonderful book to read around Easter time! The characters, plot, and setting are simply intriguing! This is a wonderful read!

Sep 17, 2015

T. Davis Bunn and Janette Oke do a wonderful job in presenting the Acts' setting. Readers who are familiar with the history around this time will find this story a treasure. The imagination of the reader will be engaged, and the plot will keep the readers attention. Characters like Peter and the other apostles will be introduced along the way. This is a great read.

Feb 24, 2014

A wonderful story!

Feb 20, 2014

Really good book!! I love it!!

Mar 22, 2011

the most inspirational book i have ever read.

for a new christian it may be difficult grasping certain character stereotypes; however, the characters manifest themselves in very thorough ways to help the reader understand the events.

i checked the Bible on many plot points when i wasn't sure if the authors were accurate or not, and in every case i checked, the authors were accurate and sometimes offered interesting thoughtsand new considerations to abound in a reader's mind when faces were added to anonymous characters in Acts. These references were all interesting because there was credibility to the characters.

An amazing read and I think that all readers would love the accuracy and imagination in the novel.

May 28, 2010

This is the crucifixion and resurrection from a Roman's point of view. Very captivating - I couldn't put it down! One of those books that you are sad is over.

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Jul 16, 2012

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Aug 26, 2011

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