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Christ the Lord : the road to Cana : a novel
Ann Rice
Adult Fiction RICE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana-where Jesus turned water into wine-marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the "lost" young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Rice's second offering in this series (after Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt), a meticulously researched work blending fictional events and characters with biblical ones, covers the life of Yeshua bar Joseph in his 30th year as he struggles with decisions about his future life. James Naughton (www.jamesnaughton.net) masterfully voices Jesus. Since the story is narrated by Jesus, Naughton doesn't have to concern himself with changing his voice to suit different characters, allowing his sonorous, mellow tones to bring Jesus to life with no distractions. Recommended for public libraries where Rice is popular and for church libraries with a membership that would not be offended by the mixing of biblical fact with fiction. [Also available from Random House Audio as a retail ed. unabridged CD (ISBN 978-0-7393-1603-0. $34.95) and digital download (ISBN 978-0-7393-1604-7. $17.50); audio clips available through library.booksontape.com and www.randomhouse.com; the Knopf hcs of both titles in this series received starred reviews, LJ 11/1/05; LJ 3/15/08.--Ed.]--Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Yeshua "Jesus"
Male
Jewish
Can heal people; can raise the dead; deeply in love with a kinswoman; realizes that serving the Lord comes before his desires; turned water into wine; recognized as the anointed one; urged to get all of Israel to rebel against Rome and follow him.



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