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Behold the Man (The Kingdom and the Crown #3)

4.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,352 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
In The Kingdom and the Crown, bestselling author Gerald N. Lund transports us to the days of Christs mortal ministry, invitingus to experience the emotions and events of those extraordinary times. Like Lunds Work and the Glory series, it weaves the lives of historical figures together with fictional characters, allowing readers to sense what it would have been like to live ...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Shadow Mountain (first published 2002)
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Laura
Jul 05, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will just review the entire series at once --
I REALLY enjoyed this series. It's a novel, with fictional characters, set in Christ's time. I loved learning about the traditions and history of the time. It gave me a better understanding of the Bible and why they say certain things, what those things mean, etc.
I loved the perspective of "hearing" Jesus from a "real" person's point of view. It made everything come alive to me. It made me wonder, if I had been there, what I would have thought. I l
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Michelle Christensen
May 21, 2015 Michelle Christensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
I liked this book much better than the first two. Most of the "story" with the fictional characters was basically wrapped up in the 2nd book. This allowed the author to focus this book on the Savior's life. Half of the book was spent on the last week of Christ's life. I appreciated seeing it from a personal perspective.

I also really liked how he incorporated all the disparate accounts of Christ's resurrection. Many of the Gospels' accounts don't fully agree with each other. Lund was able to tel
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Heather
Jun 09, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series! I think I was hesitant to read this at first because I don't know how I feel about someone interpreting Jesus as a fictional character. But the interpretation was Very conservative, and almost 100% of what Jesus says is what you would read straight from the New Testament. The thing I loved about the series is that I learned a Lot about the culture back then--how it was to be a Jew living in Roman-ruled Israel. A lot of Jesus' sermons took on new meaning to me understanding m ...more
Cristyertel
I have to start my review by saying that Gerald Lund is NOT my favorite author. He treats the reader like they are stupid (explaining his forshadowing, saying things that do not have to be said, etc.). His plots are also slow, I always felt like I was five steps ahead of the story. He is also very cheesy (sorry, life is just not like that).

Anyway, rants about the author set aside, I loved the perspective these novels gave on Christ's life and the setting of the time. I will now here are story ab
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Becky
Mar 27, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I had my misgivings about this series. How does one dare write a comprehensive book about the Savior?? But I was surprised and delighted. I loved this series, especially the last book. I thought the author wrote beautifully about the Saviors final days. He spent much less time on the fictional characters and the majority of the book is straight from the scriptures. I loved the end of chapter footnotes. I admire the immense research,and Gerald Lund's insights were touching and ama ...more
Lindsey
Sep 26, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good series. Gerald N. Lund really brought some the stories in the bible to life for me. I think he had some good perspective on parables and it was interesting to to see the Jewish culture, tied in with a good storyline.
Crystalee Beck
Oct 23, 2015 Crystalee Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, out of the Kingdom and the Crown series, must have been the hardest for Lund to write. It was the hardest for me to read, as I imagined the injustice and cruelty leading to Christ's death. But, oh! What joy to read and realize, "He is not here, for he is risen." Either Christ was the Son of God, the Savior of the world, or he wasn't. This book fanned the flame of my personal belief that the man of Nazareth was more than any mortal before or after him. He lived more than 2,000 years ag ...more
Hazel McHaffie
Mar 05, 2015 Hazel McHaffie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poignant ending to the trilogy, read three years on from the first two books. Made me appreciate all over again what Jesus endured. Harrowing reading. And I found it helpful to view events through the eyes of people living at the time who didn't know the outcome at any point. All three of these books are door-stoppers; this one is almost 700 pages, small type, but it's well worth persevering with. I appreciated the scholarship and care behind the story telling too. Footnotes illuminate authori ...more
Andrea
Oct 05, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series. In this book, I particularly looked forward to the author's chapter notes at the end of each chapter. He did a lot of research to make this story as historically accurate as he could. I loved that he explained what was Biblical, what was historically accurate, and what was fictional. And if fictional, why he chose to write it the way he did.
I thought that the resurrection chapters were very well-written and thorough. I loved the emphasis on this joyful event after t
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Angie
Jun 26, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
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Melissa
Aug 22, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was really disappointed in this book. One of the characters that I loved was killed. And, because I read all three books in such a short time, it felt very repetitive. If I had read these books a year or so apart, like when they were released, this probably wouldn't have been such an issue for me. But there were many things explained over and over.
This book was touching and gave me chills. As I read about the cruxifiction I felt ill. The author, at the end of the chapter, discusses ho
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Angie
Jun 24, 2008 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I didn't love this one. I read it mostly for two reasons: 1) I wanted to hear the account of the end of Jesus' ministry, and 2) I had already read the first two in the trilogy, so I wanted to finish it.
I got tired of Gerald Lund quick. He was writing in a manner I found condescending. For example, he introduced a new character in the first chapter. From there on out, every single time that character was mentioned, he also reminded us who the guy was (a little background explanation to
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Denise
Dec 05, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, but I thought that the ending was a little rushed. I would have liked to see a little more in the future. Did they all stay followers of Christ?

Lines that I loved:

You have heard the cries of my heart and brought me peace.

And where one feels a burden, it is difficult to see beauty.

It means to put back together two things that have been separated, to join them so tightly one to the other it is as if there was no original separation.

He that is of God is willing to hear God’s words. Y
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Beth
Oct 26, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I finally finished the third and final book in this series detailing events from the life of Christ. I loved the first two — the first for the rich cultural background it included and the second for the insights it gave into how the good news of the gospel changes the fictional-but-realistic characters.

The value in this book, I thought, came for a yet another reason. It covers a surprisingly short amount of time: half of this book chronicles just the last week of Christ’s mortal ministry, and
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Kevin
Aug 17, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the beginning and the end of this book but the middle seemed like just filler. I liked the beginning because it had plot and was moving somewhere but it seemed like the plot kind of dissolved and turned into following Jesus around, which, don't get me wrong, is great and all but Everyone else has a life too. I just got frustrated that it seemed like everything was over and didn't really have questions about what would happen to any of the characters but Aaron, and even his story I ...more
Jana
Jan 26, 2010 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I loved this series! I loved learning more about the actual time period and culture Jesus Christ grew up in. It helps me have a better perspective and understanding of some of the things I read in the New Testament. Although the fictional characters helped me to get into the series at first, by the third book I was really glad that the author's main focus was on the last days and resurrection of our Savior. By the third book, there was no fictional side story and very little mention of ...more
Kelly
Mar 18, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this series! I am so sad it is over. I really enjoyed these books as it made me draw closer to Christ. I feel like I have a better understanding of the culture during the time of Christ.

If you are interested in learning more about the time period of Christ I would highly recommend this book. I learned so much!

Highly recommend this series!
Sara
May 15, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn more details of Christ's life and ministry
Author Gerald Lund has written an interesting take on the last weeks of Christ's mortal ministry, from the perspective of a fictional family who is placed among Christ's group of disciples. Similar to his Work and the Glory series, he has researched the history thoroughly, although must take some literary license to flesh out what the Bible and other records tell us.

I enjoyed learning more about the historical context in which Christ lived and contemplating what it must have been like for the i
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Cordell
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title is of course a reference to the Savior of the world. And that is what this book is about.

If you want to better understand the Savior, Jesus Christ, then read this book. It is historical fiction about the events during the time of the Saviors life. It puts so much of what was going on around the time of the Savior into context. You can better understand how powerful the Saviors message is and how much hate there was for him by his enemys and therefor you understand more about him. This
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Kristin Westergard
Jan 28, 2016 Kristin Westergard rated it it was ok
Okay I finally finished this book after trying to read it for years. The trial kept me interested. The rest seemed disjointed, contrived. Instead of trying to work everyone's different senarios in the book I think it would of flowed better if he had chosen one to follow. However, I understand why the author did what he did. This was my least favorite of the series.
Rosanne
Mar 11, 2014 Rosanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Lund ended this series really well. His writing is a little cheesy for me at times, but he knows his way around a story and is really a great author. It made his account of the crucifixion pretty emotional - I mean overly so, for my taste - but I get that's probably what his target audience wanted. But the book, and series overall, is really great. (For a better review of the series see my review on book #1)
Richard
Jul 07, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series of novels 5 or 6 years ago, and really liked them. I decided to read the third one again, which centers more about the last 6 months of the Savior’s life and how he influenced those people around him. It follows some fictional families for the last 18 months or so of the Savior’s life. They become involved in the activities and are first hand witnesses to the Savior’s miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection. Lund has done a good job of putting human face on the events at the t ...more
Josh
Jun 10, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will put this review on all three books in the series to blanket statement them.

These are wonderful books based during the life and time of Christ. I knew how it would ultimately turn out for Christ of course but they gave great insight on how life may have been and the character of Christ. Although the scriptures are wonderful they are not written in a way that we can really pull out the true personality of any man in them. These books made all of the important characters come to life. I woul
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Julia Southwick
Jul 27, 2015 Julia Southwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one the most, because it focused the most on the Savior. The writing itself is not that impressive, but it was nice to read a series that mixed scripture with fictional characters.
Julie
Feb 16, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
I'll admit I read this one a lot slower. Knowing that it all is winding up to the crucifixion of Christ wasn't as hard to put down as the first two. But I really appreciated how he handled the end of the book. I didn't know how it would feel reading about the end, but I really liked how he did it. It did feel weird for it to suddenly be over though. Sometimes I wish there'd be an extra chapter showing how the fictional characters are doing a short time later. Like Livia's baby, or Miriam's too f ...more
Anne
Apr 20, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this series and LOVED it. I haven't actually read the Work and the Glory series, but from what I know about it, it is a similar type of story telling. Basically it is about New Testament times and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ told through the eyes of a family and friends. What I loved about the series is that it explained the parables a lot better than I have ever understood them. I think he has a lot of insight into Jewish life at that time and so he's able to ...more
Kimberly Fields
Once again, Gerald Lund did a great job making the scriptures come alive. I thought he handled the atonement and crucifixion quite tastefully-- not under-emphasizing the difficulty and pain of those events, but not getting too gory in his descriptions, either. I liked that this book helped me understand what it might have been like to be a disciple of Christ around the time of his death and resurrection. When I read the scriptures I don't worry, because I know the outcome, but Behold the Man rem ...more
Becky Carrell
Jul 16, 2012 Becky Carrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the stories Gerald Lund tells, but it's hard for me when he spends so long in the description of things. Sometimes I just want the storyline to move a long instead hearing so much detail. I also had a hard time with the author's perception of Peter's betrayal in this book; I always believed that a man who would have enough faith to walk on water and to risk his life outside the Garden of Gethsemene (just before getting his ear cut off) to save his Maker, wouldn't shrink from risking his l ...more
Jaime
Sep 09, 2011 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a testimony this series is...that Christ lived and that he died to save us all. This book is a testimony of that. It is also a story w/ characters much like you and me. That is why it is so powerful...they ask the questions I would ask. They make mistakes, as I do. They believe.
I also appreciate learning more about the Apostles...their families. Especially Peter. I also appreciated learning more of Mary, Martha and their brother. The stories became REAL to me. I love what Lund can make you
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Michael
Dec 13, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Okay, I have to admit, sometimes Lund can really drag out a book. This was kind of a tough series to read. I liked the first two books, but this third book was by far the best. It kind of reminds me of reading Jesus the Christ. That was and is still one of my favorite books that I have read multiple times. With Jesus the Christ, the first half of the book is a little tough to get through and somewhat slow, however takes off after that. The first two books in the series, a little slow, but reason ...more
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