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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.

Editorial Reviews


  "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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4 of 4 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Promise unfulfilled March 29, 2014
By Ms. L.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read...even for an atheist. April 29, 2014
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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. I enjoyed the adventure and the attention to historical detail. Very readable for the non-religious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, Deep, Romantic, yet Controversial.. March 24, 2014
By Austin
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Making of the Lamb" by Robert Bear is one of the most beautifully novels about an era in history and in the Christian Faith not often explored. The author clear did his research as everything seems historically accurate. Could it really be possible that Jesus Christ visited England as a young man? It seems inconceivable... but after the first few powerful chapters it all makes sense. Who would have guessed? Are tunic crosses really ancient depictions of the Christ child on a cross? Crazy! The only concerns I have I'd like to pose to the author in a few questions: 1) Are you concerned about being labeled a heretic by the Catholic Church or other conservative denominations in Christianity? As a Roman Catholic, everything about Christ is so sacred. Showing him as an adolescent with real problems, with real challenges and real emotional growth that the rest of us have seems non-canonical... As Christians we hold Christ to be without blemish, a perfect human. What is the author's personal view on the perfection of Christ? If Jesus is God, how on earth can you depict him such a human way in this novel without running the risk of heresy? Why would Christ have the need to fall in love when He is God? He is the definition of love. Overall, I loved reading this novel, but I'd like the author to address how he reconciles orthodoxy as pertains to Christ's person and the Christ featured in his book. Can they be reconciled? I'm willing to admit that this book may very well re-define our take on who Jesus was, but in the process is it holding true to Christian Truth?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The human side of Christ March 22, 2014
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The Gospels tell us about Jesus’s childhood and his adulthood, but who ever wondered what a teenaged Jesus would have been like? Robert Bear has done exactly that in The Making of the Lamb. Apparently there are legends about Jesus spending his teen years in southwest England, trading in precious metals and communing with Druids. That’s the story Bear tells, and it’s amazing. Bear’s Jesus is a typical teenager who just happens to be the Son of God – if you can imagine those two things co-existing in one person. The story turned my head around, and it made me think a lot more about what it means for Jesus to also have a human side. I loved this book.
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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!
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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 Food for thought and food for the soul.
What a delicious and fascinating novel, taking as its purpose to imagine the life of the adolescent Jesus! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Parson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking and Enjoyable Tale
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by WILLIAM
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
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
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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
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