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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Plain View Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891386743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891386749
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,181,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loren Woodson has written two screenplays and two novels. Since his childhood in a devout and searching Christian home both his grandfathers and an uncle were ministers he has been fascinated with the New Testament figures and their stories. Biblical scholarship and the insights of his wife, Joan Woodson, who is Jewish, broadened and deepened his perspective. Close relationships with his family, especially his warm and expressive mother, enriched his psychotherapy observations about parent-child interactions. These connections informed his creative consideration of the most compelling mother-son relationship in all of Western civilization. He has been a writer, an Army medical officer, and has a practice as a psychoanalytic therapist. He and his artist-wife, Joan Woodson, have two children, and a grandson. In addition to time with family, his practice and writing, he regularly plays trumpet and baritone horn. He resides in Southern California where he is at work on a novel about Jesus and his key disciples.

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Biblical Scholars have validated historical and background information.
Richard R. Blake
To Yeshua, it was as though he was fighting the battle between God and Satan (ha-satan) through teaching his people and leading them in what he considered good.
Cy B. Hilterman
I experienced this creative,finely integrated work so deeply as to be moved by the end of it to grateful tears.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cosmo5an on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Previous reviews have well described the contents of this marvelous book by a highly respected psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Loren Woodson. It is truly a passionate literary journey through one of the most important times in biblical history. Within a few pages, the reader is transported back 2000 years to the momentous events that were the beginning of Christianity, viewed from the unique vantage point of one whose life's work has been the examination of the human interior. This is a book that will stay with you for a long time!The Passion of Maryam
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on March 23, 2007
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I was very anxious to read this book, knowing that it presented a different view of early biblical times. Even though we may be solid Christians or Jews, we can always read another view on Jesus' years on earth. Believe a new version or not, the reading is very thought provoking and no doubt, will be quite a topic of discussion when this book is released.

While reading Loren Woodson's book, one must keep in mind that those in the book often had visions while dreaming or while awake, some possibly caused by spirits that could have been inside or outside the body. Maryam was in one of these spiritual realms when she thought she was being raped. She was quite sure she had actually been raped but was it a real thing or a dream? She felt that Malkeinu (God) was watching over her so how could this have happened to her? Maryam's family had an avda (slave) who watched over them, making Maryam feel as safe as possible. When the avda was killed, she had to try to stay with other family members for safety. In those times there was much danger everywhere so to be alone was asking for trouble. Maryam kept her shameful secret, afraid to tell her family.

The area of the world where the entire story takes place is very familiar to those of us that know the bible and those areas mentioned therein. In this book some areas are given the Hebrew names but there is a Glossary for easy reference. As Maryam and her family traveled to various cities; BetLechem (Bethlehem), Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), Natzret (Nazareth), BetHananya (Bethany), Kafer-nahum (Capernaum), and other areas, she was not sure if she was actually raped and still would not tell her mother, Chana or her father, Yoachim what she had gone through.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2007
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This is the story of Maryam, of her dedication to Malkeinu (God and King). After being raped while traveling on a ceremonial visit to the temple she went through the shame, humiliation, and guilt of her defilement. She then experienced a period of doubt and rejection. Haunted by dreams visions and apparitions she wrestled with demons in an uncanny spiritual battle. In her search for answers she rediscovered Malkeinu's love and accepted her plight as His purpose for her life but continued to battle the spirits. Malkeinu provided Yosef as her protector, her betrothed husband. She bore a child as a result of the rape and named him Yehsua (Jesus).

The child Yehsua troubled by questions regarding evil and good, ha-Satan, and Malkeinu, grew into manhood during a period of political upheaval. His relationship with the extended family and friends seemed to be at two levels, loved and sought after but never understood. His friends put it this way, "How can we resist? He makes each person feel like the only one he knows. We just spite the hills for taking him away."

Maryam realized, "...they knew no more than she did about what dwelled within his heart and mind, what he was struggling with, or what was in his prayers - except that peace and justice should prevail for their beloved Eretz Israel." In the final years the relationship between mother and son deepened as Yeshua shared his wilderness temptations, the ongoing exorcism and the tortured consequence he experienced in his conflict between God's plans and those of the temple priests.

Yeshua compared himself to Yohanan (John the Baptist this way). "Yes, Yohanan knows the way of politics, but he draws more attention from the priests and teachers-scribes than I would want.
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In his third novel Loren Woodson takes a lot of chances, both conceptually and technically, in writing a novel about characters so well known to the public: not only are his story and characters part of the fabric of religious beliefs, they are also icons, and to 're-tell' as though his story is another of the gospels takes courage and requires extensive research. Woodson has both prerequisites. He has obviously spent years studying the architecture, landscape, foods, clothing, political hotbeds, religious factions, and language, and that depth of research allows his novel to be read as credible fact. And while many other authors have explored this touchy region of history (from Kazantzakis' "The Last Temptation of Christ" to the current run of novels such as Juan Gomez-Jurado's "God's Spy", Javier Sierra's "The Secret Supper" and yes, Dan Brown's " The Da Vinci Code"), those authors challenged centuries old concepts while Woodson simply offers another version of the life of the 'Holy Family.'

Maryam (Mary) is a humble girl who seeks understanding of her faith. In sad circumstances she is raped by a foul man while tending to her abused friends and the rape results in a pregnancy. One simple man, a construction worker by the name of Yosef (Joseph), takes pity on her, nurses her to health, and eventually asks Maryam to marry him: her illegitimate pregnancy does not dissuade his feelings or intentions. Maryam gives painful birth to a strange child, Yeshua (Jesus), who has difficulty suckling at Maryam's breast and who stares inquisitively into his mother's eyes.
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