4 out of 4 stars
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Pontius Pilate Against The Truth: A Novel of Bible Times by Clifton Moberg and Walter Job is a 538-page historical novel. The book poses a psychological view into Pilate's trial of Jesus. It is divided into twenty-nine chapters.
The plot is set six years after the death of Jesus. Pontius Pilate, an ex-governor of Judaea-Samaria, is banished by Rome's Senate for his excesses while in office. Now he lives an isolated life in his mansion, Spring Grandeur Valley, miles away from the city of Gaul. He is guilt-ridden and depressed due to the blame he received from poorly adjudicating the trial of Jesus. In a bid to prove himself right and regain his peace, he decides to uncover the wrongdoings of Jesus in his early life and discredit him. He persuades his nephew, Florianus Marius, to help on this mission. Marius sets out with a fellow soldier, Kyros, to search for the "hidden years" of Jesus and prove that this new religious sect, called "the Way," is a sure threat to Rome. With the promise of Pilate's empire as a motivating factor, how far will these investigator-detectives go in search of the truth? Read this book to find out more.
I love that the authors gave readers insights and interpretations into some of the teachings of Jesus. They presented arguments for and against Jesus from different parties. I also like the touch of humor the authors incorporated through the book, making it an exciting read. Furthermore, I commend the authors for writing such a detailed and engaging story from a historical event. I will probably remember this novel each time I read about the crucifixion of Christ.
My favorite character is Joseph. I admire his demonstration of courage. The book was professionally edited, as I did not find any grammatical or punctuation errors in it. Therefore, I rate Pontius Pilate Against The Truth: A Novel of Bible Times 4 out 4 stars.
One thing I dislike about the book is that it was written in old English, and this makes it a bit of a slow read. But I understand that the authors are trying to make it relatable with the time of the event. Aside from that, all characters are well developed, and there are no confusing gaps or unexplained time jumps. The novel also shows one can easily be blinded and make mistakes when one is too self-confident.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to avid lovers of biblical history. It is a valuable resource in understanding events at the trial of Jesus. I must say, I walked away from the book fully satisfied. I could not have predicted the ending.
Pontius Pilate Against The Truth
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