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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

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The Making of the Lamb is the first major novel to come along in about fifty years to really take an out-of-the-box look at who Jesus really was. Whenever I talk to people who have read my book I discover that each one finds something unique and personal to take away from it. This is borne out by the reader reviews on this page. While the story is lively and fast-moving, it is also incredibly thought provoking. It appeals to people of all stripes, including Christians of every denomination, atheists, Jews, modern day Druids, the spiritual-but-not-religious, and any other spiritual persuasion I can think of.

This book was about ten years in the research and writing. I am grateful for the recognition the book has received in the trade reviews and at the Illumination Awards where it took the gold medal in the General Fiction category. But the response from my readers is what really makes it all worthwhile for me.

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  • File Size: 7273 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989313808
  • Publisher: Eirth Publications, LLC (March 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZU3C52
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne H Smith on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Blanchard on June 30, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Washington, DC on October 23, 2014
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Almost nothing is known about Christ's life between the age of 2 and when he began his public preaching at age 30, except for one incident when he was 12 years old and visited the Temple in Jerusalem.

Many legends have appeared to fill in the 18 year gap between the ages of 12 and 30.

I had vaguely heard of legends stating that St. Joseph of Arimathea, who donated his own tomb for Christ's burial after the crucifixion, had visited England. I had also heard that he was the first custodian of the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper.

The author of this book has taken these legends and created an interesting novel. In his telling, Joseph of Arimathea, a rich merchant, is the uncle of Christ's mother, Mary. After Christ gets in trouble with the Temple authorities at age 12, Mary asks Joseph, whose trading voyages reach as far as Britain, to take Jesus away from Galilee. Joseph agrees, and Jesus travels with Joseph of Arimathea and Joseph's teenage son, to England, Cornwall and many other Celtic locations.

The interaction between these three Jews, the pagan Romans and Greeks, and the Celtic tribes is fascinating. For example, Jesus encounters Druids, the priests of the Celtic gods. I also found it interesting to read how Jesus gradually becomes aware of his future mission as the Messiah, and his connection with God.

The book did have chapters with very interesting "flash forwards" to later eras, such as the 17th century English Civil Wars and the Victorian era, where information left behind by St. Joseph of Arimathea is preserved in a British church. The "flash forwards" were well-researched but did kind of break up the novel's narrative flow sometimes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM on May 11, 2014
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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 By Ms. L. on March 29, 2014
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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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