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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060158085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060158088
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third in a series of novels about Jesus. In Two from Galilee (1972) Holmes told the story of Mary and Joseph. In Three from Galilee ( LJ 9/15/85) she created an imaginary childhood and youth for Jesus. Here she deals with his ministry and Passion. The events of this period, unlike the previous ones, are well known, which hampers Holmes a little. As always, she is best at scenes and characters that bring biblical times to life. In creating Peter's wife, for instance, or the family interaction between Mary and Martha, she is excellent. Her strict adherence to the biblical portrait of Jesus has its drawbacks, however; he seems a bit stilted in places. But on the whole, Holmes has done a remarkably good job, giving us a believably divine human and nicely drawing the characters that surround him. For public libraries. C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., W. Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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She did a great job of bringing the characters to life and giving us a glimpse inside their world.
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The places and events could be pictured so well in her descriptions.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 13, 1997
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This gets a rating above 10- Marjorie Holmes has taken the life of Jesus, and those around Him, and made Him real. She takes biblical truths and weaves them with storytelling, breaking your heart with each word, as you get to know Jesus all over again, in a new way. This third book, following Two from Galilee & Three from Galilee brings it all home to your heart. This book and the others before it, MUST BE READ! What a beautiful tribute to Him to make His life real in a way no one else has. You must read these!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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This was a most inspiring novel. Everyone should read the accounts of Jesus, I felt like I was with him. I could not put the book down. Now I want to read "The Three from Galilee".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michele on March 9, 2011
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Last fall I re-read Marjorie Holmes' Two From Galilee (which I first read back in the '70s) and enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the two sequels, Three From Galilee and The Messiah. While all three are very good, The Messiah is the best. Longer and of broader scope, it provides a larger canvas for Marjorie Holmes' talents.

And her talents as a writer are significant. She has a gift for making her characters -- both actual and those imagined by her -- incredibly real without cheapening them. And all while remaining true to the Biblical account. I particularly liked her interpretation of Martha, whose struggles and feelings resonated with me. And her portrayal of Judas Iscariot, with his many inner conflicts and struggles, was outstanding. She made Judas' character complex so that, even knowing he was the betrayer, still I empathized with his longing for love and acceptance. Even his moments of arrogance and disdain spoke to me; they uncomfortably reminded me of times when I have been less than patient and understanding with others.

The Messiah is told in the third person, but from several points of view. Holmes shifts almost impercentably from one person to another so that we see the perspective of Martha, Mary, Jesus' mother, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Judas, and occasionally Jesus himself, among many others. It is an effective technique that gives the story a full and multi-faceted feel.

There were a few points on which I disagreed with Holmes' interpretation; however, they were relatively minor issues that didn't pull down the book overall. I particulary liked the way she depicted Jesus' relationship with his mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ric on September 27, 2010
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It was a joy to discover recently that Marjorie Holmes had written the third book in this brilliant series. The first two books - Two from Galilee & Three from Galilee - have been favourites of ours for years. This one would have been more difficult to write as the author would have had to stick to Scripture more than she needed to do in the earlier two books, where she was able to use some very creative imagination about the early life of Jesus Christ.
The book is a superb retelling of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Writing incredibly creatively, she weaves different characters, such as Peter's wife, into the narrative, while always remaining true to the scriptural account.
I am not one to cry, but as I worked my way through those last days leading up to the crucifxion, tears were running down my cheeks! It is that powerful.
Once finished, my instinct was to try to find a way to contact the author to commend her on her skill in bringing this story to life. Sadly, I discovered she had died around 10 years ago. But what a legacy she has left.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Partridge on March 5, 2014
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Marjorie Holmes brought the life of Mary and Joseph, and Jesus Christ and His apostles to life for me. I loved her, "Two from Galilee", which I read as a teenager, and found "Three from Galilee" and "The Messiah" recently. She uses the scriptures from the Bible. I'd recommend them to anyone who may need to see the humanity of Jesus and His struggles as a man, His mission, and the need for His death on the cross, and His resurrection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina on June 10, 2013
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I read this book to see if it would be a good one for our group to read and discuss together. It follows the Bible with some added dialogue to make it more personal. I could imagine myself right there living in those times and meeting Jesus. I think Marjorie Holmes did an outstanding job when writing this book and I know that you will enjoy it and feel it as you read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Benson on October 26, 2013
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It is so well written! You get a real sense of what it was like to be His mother, brother, sister, disciple, and how their lives changed because of Him. Really brings the scriptures alive. Can't recommend it strongly enough! And the two that precede it are just as good. I read them out of order, but still enjoyed each individually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debborah L. Larson on January 7, 2014
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This is one of my favorite books. It gives you a different perspective on Jesus's life, along with Mary & Joseph. It's a hard to put down book. You want to keep reading. Highly recommended. Makes a great gift, especially if you buy her other 2 books also.
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