This is not a religious book. It is a story about religion and politics and how they interconnected during the time of the Roman occupation of the Land of Israel. It has all the components of a great epic, with action, blood, sex and tears. It humanizes the Jew who became the God of the Christians and it clarifies a lot of what remains inexplicable and mysterious in the New Testament. Finally, it attempts to recreate the times in which this remarkable man lived and died.
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Winner historical category - UKAuthors competition
"(Jonah has written) a lively, engaging, imaginative novel that sets
out a gripping story in modern accessible English, the life of Jesus.
The turbulence of the times, the characters, and village life of 2000
years ago are detailed, fascinating and fully convincing."
UKAuthors Judge's report
Further critical acclaim for Edmund Jonah's book:
"The author writes from his Jewish position but is sympathetic to the
Gospel narrative. As Jesus is put in the frame of his people and his
time, the novel makes the Gospels comprehensible to modern readers."
(Late) Professor David Flusser, New Testament Authority, Israel
"Edmund Jonah gives us an authentic feel of village life 2000 years
ago with enough action, heartbreak, setbacks, conflict and resolution
to keep the reader interested - and wondering if indeed, this is what
happened to Jesus. A noble job."
Writer's Digest Report
"Last night I read the second half at one sitting! Good job. Sacred
fiction is difficult to write because so often the substance is
embedded in myth. Your fictional account is better than most. One
thing your book makes very clear, Jews should write the history of
Gilbert Kern, Unitarian Pastor, USA.
"I couldn't put it down. It was fascinating. You took me back to the
biblical world. It let me see Jesus as a living, breathing, involved
Jew, trying to come to terms with himself and his religious beliefs."
Zipporah Porath, Author, Israel
"Recreating the life of Jesus is a Herculean task and Edmund Jonah has
undertaken it admirably. The political, psychological, economic,
social, and religious currents of that world come alive. The author
challenges the world to think creatively about Jesus and about
The Book Attic Reviews
"I was transported in time to Biblical Jerusalem. Your knowledge and
descriptions of the religious/historical background is absolutely
remark-able. I was mesmerized. I enjoyed and appreciated your work.
Jim Curran - Author/Playwright - U.K.
"This is beautiful writing. It leads the eye and the senses forward
all the time. You can't stop reading for the inner pleasure the words
give you. You need to know what happens next. It is a gift born story-
Sheila Belshaw - Author - S. Africa
"Edmund Jonah has created a masterpiece. He blends his spellbinding
writing with scripture into a thoroughly believable narrative.
Effectively woven into the story is the political and violent tension
between the Jews and the Romans, in the midst of which Jesus comes to
vibrant, thrilling life."
Andrew O'Hara, Jimston Journal, U.K.
Very imaginative and vivid.
Judy Montagu, Editor, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem, Israel
Yeshua's greatest strength is that it requires the reader to think
about the very foundation stone of his moral and spiritual culture and
accept that it has no real supernatural basis; that the Messiah was
not 'The Messiah' in any sense that Western culture understands, but
just a good man who was deluded. It is not a violent but a quietly
corrosive attack, like the sea, and therefore, something deep inside
the Westerner is alarmed by it. This quality will one day make it an
Conor Corderoy, Author and Book Agent, U.K.
I think the research you must have done for it absolutely amazing. It
is masterfully crafted, with all the characters three dimensional, and
the dialogue very convincing.
Dvora Waysman, Freelance Writer/Author, Jerusalem, Israel
"I can tell you have put your heart and soul into this project. You
should go ahead and publish your book."
Prof. Byron R. McCane, Biblical Archaeologist, Wofford College,SC, USA
"YESHUA!" is an imaginative but entirely believable recreation of the life
of Jesus from a new and unique perspective, placing the charismatic Jewish
preacher in the political context of that turbulent time when Messiahs sprouted
like mushrooms after rain! We meet on terms of great intimacy the people who
fashioned his mind and personality:
YOSEPH, his kind and beloved father, brutally killed by the Romans;
MIRIAM, his practical mother, who is unable to understand her firstborn;
YACOV, the brother who resents him but appreciates his knowledge;
YOSSI, the brother who adores him but cannot accept his philosophy;
YOCHANAN THE DIPPER, who believes in him and is instrumental in
leading him into the central drama of his life;
MIRIAM OF MAGDALA, who loves him but cannot possess him;
CAIUS, the Centurion who befriends him and then, must execute him;
PONTIUS PILATE, the Roman Governor, who convicts him, thus sweeping the
reader of this epic to its powerful and startling conclusion.
Yeshua was born into a time when his country was ground under the heel of
Rome's brutal boot. The era was fierce and violent, and became a watershed
for the Jewish nation. His people were oppressed and treated with extreme
cruelty. Torture and extortion were the order of the day. The Jews were bled
of their hard-earned money in ever-increasing taxes. Their pain led the sages
to proclaim that the people were living in the Messianic era, when God would
establish His Kingdom here on earth, into which only the good could enter. The
enemies of God and of His chosen people would be destroyed forever.
The story takes Yeshua from his Bar-Mitzvah journey to Jerusalem right up
to his poignant death.
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