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The Shepherd's Wife

(Jerusalem Road #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Yeshua of Nazareth has two sisters: Damaris, married to a wealthy merchant's son, and Pheodora, married to a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. When Pheodora's husband suffers an unexpected reversal of fortune and is thrown into debtor's prison, she returns to Nazareth, where she pins her hopes on two she-goats who should give birth to spotless white kids that would be perfec ...more
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Published October 6th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 2020)
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The Bible tells us that Jesus had brothers and sisters. Although it names the brothers, the sister's name are unknown. Hunt creates a sister for Jesus named Pheodora. When her husband is thrown into prison by the Romans for a debt, life becomes an unknown quantity for Pheodora and her 4 daughters.

Pheodora's strength and commitment to Chiram were inspirational as she never gives up in her battle to raise the money to gain his release. Watching her grow in her understanding of her brother's minis
This was a story told by two of Jesus's sisters: (Damaris) a Pharisee's wife, the other (Pheodora) a shepherd's wife.

The contrast between those two lifestyles was a great read. Pharisees saw many commoners (such as shepherds) as a lower class, unclean and unholy, so they couldn’t speak to them or visit even their own relatives. They were proud and haughty. One such Pharisee arranged for Pheodora's husband to be placed in debtors prison for life for not showing enough respect when he happened up
Kristi Drillien
In the Bible, Jesus is said to have at least two sisters, neither of which are named. In The Shepherd’s Wife, author Angela Hunt gives these women names, families, and lives. Pheodora lives in Bethlehem with her shepherd husband, and Damaris is married to a wealthy merchant’s son in Nazareth. While Damaris’s husband takes steps toward becoming a well-respected Pharisee, Pheodora’s husband, Chiram, is thrown in debtor’s prison. It is up to Pheodora to follow through on Chiram’s plan to breed and ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What was the debt I owed. I saw my anger, my jealousy, my petty sibling rivalry. I saw every unholy attitude, every moment of irritation, every time I believed God did not care, did not see me, did not answer my prayers...Who had been indifferent? Not God but me. I had never bothered to reach behind the ritual prayers; I never savored the Scriptures or probed the treasures contained with those inspired words. I had been a spoiled child, overstuffed with knowledge of God and yet refusing to pract ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was, in my opinion, even better than Daughter of Cana (which I also really enjoyed). Hunt has a way of making you care so much about the characters that the fact they are siblings of Jesus isn’t the only pull.

This book really delved deep into the Pharisee culture, and it was fascinating, particularly from the perspective of a Pharisee’s wife. Everything Jesus said in the Bible to the Pharisees became even more significant and made so much sense as I was reading this book.

Somehow, Hunt
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What an incredible story! I was enthralled from the first page and could hardly put this book down. The research Angela Hunt put into writing this flawless book is exemplary. She tells the story of Phaedora, one of Jesus' sisters, and how she works to free her husband from prison. Several parts of the story gave me chills, and I especially loved the Biblical accuracy and the Truth about Jesus. An important part of the story was after Jesus was Crucified and Resurrected, the goats were no longer ...more
Erin Laramore
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great biblical historical novel by Angela Hunt. This is book 2 in the Jerusalem Road series, but can be read as a stand-alone. These first 2 novels actually take place along the same timeline - that of the ministry of Christ. While book 1 was from the perspectives of Jude (Jesus's brother) and Tasmin (Thomas's sister), this one was from the perspective of Jesus's 2 sisters. While His sisters are not named in Scripture, there is mention of "sisters", so we know He had at least 2. Ms. Hunt ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Jerusalem Road series was about Jesus’ brother Jude and the twin sister of Jesus’ disciple Thomas. Both want their brothers to return home so they set out together to persuade them. This book concerns Jesus’ two sisters, Damaris who lives in Nazareth with her husband who is the son of a wealthy merchant and aspires to become a Pharisee. Pheodora is married to a lowly Shepherd and lives in Bethlehem but comes to Nazareth to stay with her brothers when her husband is thrown i ...more
Gloria Moseley
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did you ever consider the personal lives of Jesus' earthly siblings? Angela Hunt does just that in her book, "The Shepherd's Wife" where she tells of Jesus' sisters Damaris and Pheodora (we do not know their real names but these serve the purpose nicely). Pheodora faces struggles that are quite similar to those we would expect of others who are not the sister of Messiah. It even shows that she has to grow her faith as she comes to understand that God is just as concerned about her individual nee ...more
Josh Olds
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure I begin every review of Biblical fiction with this phrase: Biblical fiction is hard to write. If you stray too far from what’s known of the biblical story, readers will shout at you. If you contain yourself to only the biblical story then there’s nothing original about what you’re doing. The best biblical fiction blends a firm grasp of the history and culture of the biblical setting to provide a likely, yet still fictionalized, context for biblical narrative that lies tangential ...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The world of Biblical fiction is a world I can never get tired of.

This story was so captivating and wonderfully written. I finished it in one sitting. An amazing story of love, redemption and second chances. I enjoyed the characters how they brought the story to life. The myriad of emotions I felt as I read it was exhilaratingand exciting. The story was very touching and alive to me.

This is not one to miss at all!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
Wendy Park
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. That is the best way to describe this book. It’s a beautiful story of redemption as it explores the lives of Jesus’s two sisters. What I love best about this book is the historical perspective on every day life we are subtly given. The story of the shepherds means so much more to me now. While reading the first book in the series will give you a better understanding of the story, it also can stand alone.
Yeshua of Nazareth has two sisters: Damaris, married to a wealthy merchant's son, and Pheodora, married to a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. When Pheodora's husband is unexpectedly thrown into debtor's prison, she returns to Nazareth, where she pins her hopes and family's future on two she-goats who should give birth to spotless white kids for a Yom Kippur sacrifice. The next 18 months prove challenging, though, as Pheodora raises her daughters, returns to her childhood home, struggles to relate ...more
Doris Wiggins
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pheodora is one of the sisters of Yeshua. He is preaching to the people about the coming messiah. Meanwhile her husband has been arrested and thrown in prison. He has told her of his plan to raise two white unblemished baby goats. That hopefully they will bring enough money in to pay for his release from prison. Pheodora has a lot to learn and she is extremely busy. She has four children of her own.. with her husband in prison the responsibility of raising the children falls on her and now there ...more
Karen Troutman
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Shepherd's Wife
by Angela Hunt
Bethany House
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Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date 06 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2020

Angela Hunt does a great job on her books and actually allows you to feel the emotions of the characters.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the ARC. I really enjoyed this book.

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Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Shepherd's Wife by Angela Hunt is a biblical fiction novel about two women who could have been Jesus'/Yeshua's sisters.

Pheodora, Yeshua's sister, married a poor shepherd, but she doesn't regret it as Damaris, her older, wealthier sister, thinks she should. But when her husband lands in prison for a debt he can't pay, it is up to Pheodora to raise the funds to pay off his debt as well as keep herself and her daughters clothed. And it doesn't help that Damaris won't assist and her oldest brot
Terri Gillespie
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Shepherd’s Wife (Jerusalem Road—Book 2), Angela Hunt gives such convincing look into life in Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem that you can almost taste the dust.

The Jerusalem Road series focuses on Yeshua’s (Hebrew for Jesus) family. What is so unique about this book is the dynamic of the two sisters. Pheodora and Damaris. Damaris married a wealthy merchant with aspirations of joining an elite order of the Pharisees. Pheodora married a simple shepherd who only had eyes for his wife, ch
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Angela Hunt has written several of my favorite books, so I was glad to be chosen to read a complimentary preview copy of this book through NetGalley.. This is the second book in the Jerusalem Road series. I have not read the first book, but I didn't sense that I had missed something as I read this one. The title character is Pheodora, who is married to a poor shepherd, but really, that is not the main relationship developed in the story. It is also a story of sisters, of neighbors, and most of a ...more
Beth Butler
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
While this book ultimately proved thought provoking it was hard to get into and a little choppy. Some of it may be that I am tired of the style of books having various chapters from different points of view.

I liked the setting and characters in this book: the look at what life was like for two of Jesus's sisters. Their personal struggles with jealousy of their mothers continual attention to their brother and their disbelief that their brother could be anyone special. The sisters led very differ
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have never read a book by Angela Hunt that I did not savor, and The Shepard’s Wife is no exception. The second installment of the Jerusalem Road series, this book provides insights into the daily life of people during the time of Jesus’ life. A fictional account of Jesus’ sisters, Pheodora, the main point of view character, and her sister Damaris who have married into two very different circumstances. Pheodora is a humble Shepard’s wife who finds herself in a position of trying to pay his way ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never really think what life would have been like for Jesus’ brothers and sisters. In The Shepherd’s Wife, Book 2 in The Jerusalem Road Series, Author Angela Hunt has done her research well and helps the reader understand and feel what Jesus’ siblings may have experienced. In this historical Biblical fiction, you will discover a story of hope, inspiration, and determination. One sister, Damaris, married well, the other sister, Pheodora, married a lowly shepherd. The sisters’ daily struggles di ...more
Pat Sabiston
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela Hunt uses the wonderful writer's tool of "What if ..." In The Shepherd's Wife (Jerusalem Road, #2). WHAT IF Jesus had two sisters? WHAT IF one of the sisters valued her husband's ambitions more than her sister's family? Hunt uses her doctorate in Biblical Studies to place us right in the middle of where Jesus walked ... letting us see the villages, smell the odors, and actually get into the mind of a Pharisee. More importantly, she shows us how Yeshua of Nazareth would help mitigate this ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bringing the Bible to life

Once again, Angela Hunt has created fiction that reads like a biography. Her attention to historical and cultural details allow the reader to be immersed in Biblical history, helping us see how those around Jesus could have felt during His ministry. She made me want to go and read the Biblical story and mine the nuggets that support her story. Can't wait for the next book!
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Angela Hunt does an amazing job. Getting to know Jesus's sisters, or one imagining of them, anyway, was fascinating. They could have been anyone's sisters, which is kind of the point. The characters were very real, the story well told, well researched. The weaving of humor and heartache made for an enjoyable read.

There was one spot, not too far in, where I actually got so mad I put the book down for a week. I've never done that before. But here's the thing. I was angry at human pride,
Sandralena Hanley
May 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
Doesn't anyone read the Bible? Jesus was born of a Virgin. Mary had no other children, which has been the teaching of millenia. If you study Hebrew, Sister and Cousin are interchangeable. ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Shepherd's Wife
by Angela Hunt
Back of the Book: “Yeshua of Nazareth has two sisters: Damaris, married to a wealthy merchant's son, and Pheodora, married to a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. When Pheodora's husband suffers an unexpected reversal of fortune and is thrown into debtor's prison, she returns to Nazareth, where she pins her hopes on two she-goats who should give birth to spotless white kids that would be perfect for the upcoming Yom Kippur sacrifice.
In the eighteen months between t
Nancy Larimer
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#The Shepherd's Wife# by Angela Hunt is a Biblical fiction book. Angela Hunt is a Christy award winner. She has over five million of her books sold . This book is a beautiful example of what life was like during the time of Jesus. It is the second book in the Jerusalem Road series. The book is a strong comparison of life with two sisters of Yeshua. One sister is married to a Pharisee who is rich. The other sister is married to a shepherd. The shepherd's wife is very caring and kind. She goes the ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Shepard's Wife by Angela Hunt
This is the second book by Angela Hunt in The Jerusalem Road series. The author is a wonderful story teller.

Synopsis - Yeshua of Nazareth has two sister's. One sister Damaris was married to a merchants son and Pheodora was married to a very simple man. Damaris could never understand why her little sister would settle for a simple life. The Lord had plans for both sister's.

My Thoughts -You can never go wrong with one of Angela Hunt books. She is so good at letti
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The tale of two sisters took me on a path I found unexpected, especially when I discovered that they were sisters to Jesus. This series has opened up the life during those times in a outstanding way, and will cause you to dig into scripture as well as seek to see what the life of Jesus would have been like through the eyes of family.. I would say that there is the death of animals discussed in a very tasteful and touching way, but it is in this book. I would highly recommend you not let that sto ...more
Yannick Tricia
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Shepherd's wife is the second book of the serie Jerusalem Road.
I read the first book Daughter of Cana about the first miracle Jesus did and his
brother Jude and Tasmin...

This one is about Jesus's sisters Pheodora and Damaris.
Pheodora married a sheperd named Chiram but he found himself in prison when he is unable to pay a debt to a tax collector.
Damaris married a rich merchant Shimon who is about to become a Pharisee.

Pheodora is struggling to find a way to pay her husband debts and provide t
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 150 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their thirties, Angie and her husband live in Florida

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