The Centurion's Wife
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.
The Centurion's Wife - John, who uses narrative preaching, in Lovedean.
What a fantastic book! For close attention to detail and to the way that people lived and worked 2000 years ago it is without doubt important. We are guided into the story beautifully and in an educational manner. For those who use a narrative style for preaching this is great material.
The Centurion's Wife - Mary Bartholomew from thegoodbookstall.org.uk
These fictional re-telling of Biblical stories often affect me quite deeply, and this one especially so. Jesus has been crucified and Pontius Pilate and his wife Procula are both very disturbed as a result. Pilate because he fears a revolt in the territory he governs, Procula because of her recurring dream of the dead prophet and her headaches. The story revolves around their separate ways of obtaining the truth. Pilate uses Alban the Centurion in charge of the garrison at Capernaum in Galilee and Procula, Leah, a so called niece of Pilate's, who is a servant in Pilate's household despite her high birth. This is complicated by Alban being promised Leah as a wife if he fulfils Pilate's bidding. Leah gets no say in the matter. Both Alban and Leah separately obey their orders and in doing so learn of the follower's of Jesus' belief, that he has risen from the dead. As the story unfolds you can almost smell and hear the atmosphere in the Jerusalem streets, the animals, the people: feel the quiet peace that surrounds the believers and the arrogant brashness of the Romans. A thoroughly good story that gives you a real feel for what it was like at that time.