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As Passover approaches, the city of Jerusalem is a political tinderbox. Judah, a resistance leader, plots to overthrow the Roman occupation. Eleazar and his father, the high priest Caiaphas, seek peace in the city at all costs. Pilate, the Roman governor, maneuvers to keep order (and his own hold on power). Caleb, a shopkeeper, is reluctantly caught up in the intrigue. ...more
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Published January 14th 2020 by IVP Academic
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Amanda Geaney
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The reasons I am drawn to biblical fiction are the same reasons why others avoid it. For instance, I like looking for inconsistencies between what the Scriptures tell me and the creative license taken by an author. It keeps me on my toes! I also like how Christian novelists thread the Gospel message into their narratives. Unlike other genres, I've come to expect characters in these stories to wrestle with their faith or to question their salvation. Additionally, a well-researched novel that ...more
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The gospels give us the events that lead up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but there are still details that we may wonder about. What did the priests and politicians discuss among themselves when Jesus entered Jerusalem? What plans were made to make sure He did not cause trouble? Though we don’t know the answers for sure, Adam Winn offers a fictionalized account of the behind the scenes events in Killing a Messiah.

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Adam Winn (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Christian Studies. He is the author of The Purpose of Mark's Gospel: An Early Christian Response to Roman Imperial Propaganda (Mohr Siebeck, 2008) and editor of An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament (SBL, 2016).