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The Making of the Lamb [Kindle Edition]

Robert Bear
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Book Description

"And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England's mountains green?" England's national Jerusalem Hymn puts into verse ancient legends that Jesus traveled to Britain during the "missing years" that are not covered in the Bible. The Making of the Lamb brings the legends to life and touches the heart of Christianity.

The Jesus of this novel, an authentic Christian savior but unlike any portrayed before, mixes it up with pirates, druids, and Iron Age Celts. He faces shipwreck and war, and he grows in strength, wisdom, and compassion.

Aware from his childhood that he is the Son of God, he strives to become the conquering, heroic Messiah who will lead the Jews to freedom when he returns home. But one night in Britain he confronts his true fate: a shameful, painful death at an early age. How will he come to accept this? All Creation hangs in the balance.

While driving home the significance of Christ's death and resurrection, The Making of the Lamb will entertain and delight anyone with an open mind and an appreciation for a thought provoking, exciting, and fast moving tale.


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  "The Bible offers only a glimpse of Jesus' adolescence, but this novel presents one possible course of events for readers to mull over.... With vivid side characters, an intriguing backdrop and steady pacing, the book is also a strong piece of writing....A stimulating story that challenges readers to consider and appreciate the coming-of-age a young Jesus may have gone through." --Kirkus Reviews
   "[M]asterful storytelling...brings to life an ancient legend that Jesus Christ traveled to southwest Britain as a teenager. ...Jesus and his companions face danger in stormy sea crossings, pirates, shipwrecks and sword-slinging tribal warfare.... Bear's Jesus is impetuous, playful, brave, and deeply philosophical.... Jesus matures into a young man...and ultimately must choose his destiny.... This is an exquisitely penned, believable coming-of-age tale. By the end, even biblical purists may have to pinch themselves to remember it's fiction." --Karyn Saemann, ForeWord Reviews
   "Powerful, compelling and full of the teachings of both the Gospel and our Lord and Savior.  Full of the history and culture of the period. Reading this book is like taking a journey both to the days of Jesus and to Ancient England in a time of Druids and Celts. The Making of the Lamb by Robert Bear is a wonderful read, delightfully entertaining and yet historical enough to make you forget that it is not real....The most dynamic and complete novel about Christ since Ben Hur." --Mark E. Rosson, columnist and Christian author
   "A lively and readable novel that carries its religious dimension with a surprising degree of grace--in several senses of that latter word." --John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America

About the Author

Since 2004, Robert Harley Bear has pursued studies in all areas surrounding the legend that Jesus came to Britain during his formative years. His research subjects included archaeology of the late Iron Age in Britain, writings about druids from Irish legends to the annals of Julius Caesar, biblical history, Roman history, and all of the legends of the missing years of Jesus Christ, including those that take Jesus to the Far East. The author began his professional career as an attorney. He retired from active practice in 1998 and took on his current IT day job. In 2005, he was baptized at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, in Washington, DC, where he remains an active parishioner to this day. He enjoys competitive sailboat racing, skiing, and bike riding. He frequently competes with his Albacore in numerous venues where Albacores are raced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2011 he won the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association High Point trophy for the Albacore Class.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7248 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Eirth Publications, LLC (March 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZU3C52
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fusion of multiple traditions March 24, 2014
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This book brings together in one elegantly told story history, legend, The Bible, theology, and pure and delightfully imaginative fiction. Some of the threads I had been exposed to, but the way they all fit into Robert Bear's narrative made it a pleasure to read and hard to put down. If you've ever wondered what was happening to Jesus between the ages of 12 and 18, this is a good place to find a totally plausible scenario peopled by some familiar Biblical folks in totally new situations. But more than that, there is real depth here in the struggles Jesus and others go through in trying to understand what his true nature was and how his future would unfold. There is plenty here to challenge any reader to examine his or her own life as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking and Enjoyable Tale May 11, 2014
By WILLIAM
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Robert Harley Bear’s “The Making of the Lamb” is a thought-provoking tale about the teenage years of Jesus Christ, following the storyline that Jesus was taken to Britain by his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to save him from persecution by the Sadducees. It takes the reader on a fascinating journey across the 1st century Roman world to pre-Roman Britain, where the adolescent Jesus encounters the foreign culture and religious practices of Celts and Druids. The maturing Jesus, initially believing that he is destined to free Israel from Roman oppression by the sword, undergoes a steady character transformation, which leads him to an ever deeper understanding of his role and destiny as the son of God, and eventually to the terrifying knowledge that he is to be sacrificed by crucifixion for mankind’s sins.

In this ambitious story, Bear unflinchingly tackles the many questions left unanswered by the New Testament about the early development of Jesus, and how his relationship with God might have evolved in preparation for his life’s ultimate mission. It is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered how Jesus might have discovered his own divine nature. Even non-Christians will enjoy Bear’s vivid and well-researched descriptions of Gaul and pre-Roman Britain, which are masterfully woven throughout the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promise unfulfilled March 29, 2014
By Ms. L.
Format:Paperback
The plot line of Robert Harley Bear's novel The Making of the Lamb was juicy and full of promise: that Jesus of Nazareth traveled to the British Isles during the eighteen years that are "lost"--or at least not mentioned in Scripture. I'm familiar with the lost years tale of Christ in India, but this I'd never heard of this legend. William Blake even asks "And did those feet in ancient time/Walk upon Englands mountains green" in a poem, now the lyrics of the hymn "Jerusalem". How rich a story this could be, I thought, expecting something along the lines of The Red Tent or The Robe. Something that would give me a glimpse of the man Jesus in a way I hadn't seen him before. Something revealing.

Bear begins the novel with the twelve-year-old Jesus, dressed in rough clothing, teaching in the temple. Even as a boy, in Bear's take, the high priests were suspicious of his arguments and understanding of Scripture and feared revolution. Knowing he was being watched, Mary implores her uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to spirit Jesus out of the country on one of his trips. Uncle Joseph was a wealthy tin trader and his son Daniel, Jesus' cousin, sometimes accompanied him. And so with Romans chasing them, uncle, son, and nephew manage a too-close-for-comfort escape.

And finally land in England. But not before Bear introduces a present-day boy who becomes curious about a tunic he comes across in an old church while traveling with his family. So along the way we visit 73 AD when the cross was first carved. Then Jesus, again, who is learning swordsmanship from a young Celt and studying with the druids and rescuing a slave who is really a captured Roman and sometimes conversing with God his Father ... you get the picture. Maybe Jesus' story would have been quite enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought and food for the soul. May 12, 2014
By Parson
Format:Kindle Edition
What a delicious and fascinating novel, taking as its purpose to imagine the life of the adolescent Jesus! Robert Harley Bear uses his wonderful knowledge of the history of the place and the period (first century Britain) and the various cultures there, intertwined with the life and customs of Jewish people visiting their land. Knowing that almost all the early heresies about Jesus diminished his humanity while lifting his divinity, it is refreshing to read a great story about the boy-becoming-man Jesus wrestling with what it means to be a person and in relationship with God--a powerful and truly "awesome" relationship at that. Jesus' interior conversations and his conversations with God open profound questions about his awareness of his mission, and while I think Bear's Jesus at the end of the novel is perhaps too clear and too certain, I applaud him for the way he entices us to think about these things for our own lives, especially those of us who claim to be disciples of Jesus.
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I have been reading this book on my Kindle and have been thoroughly enjoying the story and the research that went into the book. I have enjoyed the book so much that I ordered a hardback copy to put permanently into my library. I would highly recommend this book and have several people that I plan to recommend the book to. The story seems possible and the exploration of theology is quite good. I would certainly like to learn more about the traditions upon which this book is based. Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Fanciful writing...
Fanciful but a little to long and detailed. Author has great imagination in using dialogue of the times!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the highly religious but for all who think the story of...
A scholarly, well researched piece of fantasy that examined tenets of Christianity, Judaism, and Druidism while proposing an explanation of the lost years of Jesus from 12 into his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Years of Jesus
This is my second book chronicling the missing years of Jesus. Mr. Bear gives a more stylized fictional story of those years. I enjoyed reading it and at times felt bored. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joy White
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing mix of legend, creed and history
The aspect of this book that intrigued me the most was Jesus' gradual understanding of who he was and the perceptions of those around him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by F.E. Mallett
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating story!!!!
The Making of the Lamb by Robert Bear, is a story that fills the void of Christ's childhood to his adult life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fred and Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read...even for an atheist.
While the novel does contain a significant amount of Christian myth I was pleasantly surprised to see the human side of Christ in Robert’s work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Historical Fiction
The research and knowledge that went into creating this work of fiction is impressive. I am not usually a fan of either historical fiction or spiritual history, but this tale... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Crossles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, good writing
A well conceived and well written novel. The flow from one chapter to another, the intertwining of the story lines, all very good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by perplexed
4.0 out of 5 stars decipher the mysteries of this largely unknown English contribution to...
Robert Harley Bear wrote intriguing historical fiction novel The Making of the Lamb around the ancient legend, that Jesus Christ traveled to and stayed in England during as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by H.J. van der Klis
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