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Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

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Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana.

It is a novel in which we see Jesus — he is called Yeshua bar Joseph — during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea.

Legends of a Virgin birth have long surrounded Yeshua, yet for decades he has lived as one among many who come to the synagogue on the Sabbath. All who know and love him find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take.

And at last we see him emerge from his baptism to confront his destiny — and the Devil. We see what happens when he takes the water of six great limestone jars, transforms it into cool red wine, is recognized as the anointed one, and urged to call all Israel to take up arms against Rome and follow him as the prophets have foretold.

As with Out of Egypt, the opening novel, The Road to Cana is based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book's power derives from the profound feeling its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus.

Review:

"In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana — where Jesus turned water into wine — marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the 'lost' young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Can't begrudge Anne Rice for attempting a devotional on the human Jesus, but Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana is just a Harlequin rehash of The Last Temptation of Christ. (Grade: C-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Excellent historical fiction with sensitive, humanizing religious interpretation." Booklist

Review:

"[A] novel that both religious and secular audiences can appreciate and enjoy; highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[P]ainstakingly researched historical fiction. Rice's Christ is both convincing and compelling." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-seven books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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onlein, March 23, 2009 (view all comments by onlein)
I thought of Nikos Kazantzakis' "The Last Temptation of Christ." Rice's book beginning, of course, is an earlier fictional temptation. And her imagined account, even though in the first person male, imbues the female perspective, which is sorely needed in Christianity, especially the Catholic church.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043521
Author:
Rice, Anne
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Christian - Historical
Subject:
Christian - Biblical
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.40x6.44x1.07 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana — where Jesus turned water into wine — marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the 'lost' young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Can't begrudge Anne Rice for attempting a devotional on the human Jesus, but Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana is just a Harlequin rehash of The Last Temptation of Christ. (Grade: C-)"
"Review" by , "Excellent historical fiction with sensitive, humanizing religious interpretation."
"Review" by , "[A] novel that both religious and secular audiences can appreciate and enjoy; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[P]ainstakingly researched historical fiction. Rice's Christ is both convincing and compelling."
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