Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.47 × 6.39 × 1.11 in
Published: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0805098542
ISBN - 13: 9780805098549
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BOOK I THE WORLD OF JESUS CHAPTER ONE BETHLEHEM, JUDEA MARCH, 5 B.C. MORNING The child with thirty-six years to live is being hunted. Heavily armed soldiers from the capital city of Jerusalem are marching to this small town, intent on finding and killing the baby boy. They are a mixed-race group of foreign mercenaries from Greece, Gaul, and Syria. The child’s name, unknown to them, is Jesus, and his only crime is that some believe he will be the next king of the Jewish people. The current monarch, a dying half-Jewish, half-Arab despot named Herod, is so intent on ensuring the baby’s death that his army has been ordered to murder every male child under the age of two years in Bethlehem.* None of the soldiers knows what the child’s mother and father look like, or the precise location of his home, thus the need to kill every baby boy in the small town and surrounding area. This alone will guarantee the extermination of the potential king. It is springtime in Judea, the peak of lambing season. The rolling dirt road takes the army past thick groves of olive trees and shepherds tending their flocks. The soldiers’ feet are clad in sandals, their legs are bare, and they wear the skirtlike pteruges to cover their loins. The young men sweat profusely beneath the plates of armor on their chests and the tinned bronze attic helmets that cover the tops of their heads and the sides of their faces. The soldiers are well aware of Herod’s notorious
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