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 best-selling 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 borne some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
©2013 Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene (P)2013 Zondervan
When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best was of course where we are given a glimpse of what Lazarus might have exprienced when he died, it was painted in vivid words that made me long for heaven. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I would highly recommend this book. It is an entertaining story that continues to hold you from beginning to end. I found it refreshing & gave me new insight & understanding to many familiar story & parables told by Jesus. Of course it is a fictional story but based of scripture. I can't wait till they release vol 2 of the Jerusalem Chronicles!
I read several of their books back in the early 90s and loved them. This was pretty bad, though. No, I won't try another.
No. Unless their going to just write out another book from the Bible. In that case, save your money and read the Bible.
This was a very odd combination. Over half of it was almost word-for-word out of the new testament; a third was the writers worldly view of heaven; and less than a quarter was about the relationship between Lazarus and Jesus.
I think the greatest disappointment was when Jesus called Lazarus to "Come forth!" It wasn't said forcefully, like I always imagined Jesus to have said it. It was just spoken as any other words. Nothing spectacular. Nothing special. "Come forth."
Yay. The same amount of excitement and anticipation you feel in that word is the same as you'll feel when you hear Jesus' words. Give this one a pass.
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