In Book One, Joseph and Mary suffer Roman occupation while bringing Jesus into the world and protecting him after he is born. In Book Two, Alphaeus the Sadducee tries to trap Jesus in order to eliminate his seditious threat, but his plans go awry when he falls in love with a follower of Jesus.
An excerpt from “Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem”:
“The Centurion stood silent, watching the three executions in the distance. He had commissioned a captain to have four men assigned to each cross to carry out the sentence.
His brow furrowed as he witnessed his soldiers strip the criminals and throw dice for their clothes. He allowed it because they had a dirty job to do, holding the struggling criminals down as others hammered nails through their wrists and feet, enduring the screams of agony and spatters of blood that regularly stained their own clothes.
In seeing the three crosses raised, he felt good. He had rid the world of three more criminals, three more troublemakers. He was helping maintain law and order for Caesar.”
“I wanted the people in the New Testament to come alive, from youthful Mary and Joseph to the crucifixion of Jesus,” Arceneaux says, “so we would see them as people with emotions and feelings that we can relate to.”
About the Author
Leon Arceneaux is a retired engineer, an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church and a volunteer chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital in The Woodlands. Since his retirement, he has published five other books. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, Marjorie.
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