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Jehoshua: Reviews and Praise
"The author's great skill is his ability to plunge us into the world and work of early Christians as if we were simply walking into our own living room where they're having an impromptu community meeting. We're treated in an immediate, modern way to the sights, sounds, smells and texture of ancient times and especially to the thoughts of ancient people. Even the way they speak, a bit formally as their language of the time dictated, settles quickly into normalcy as the story progresses. This is a novel for imaginative intellectuals who are not put off by challenges to religious convention. The author's devotion to his subject is obvious in the reverent manner he displays - without a single ponderous note - the depth of research he must have put into this seeming work of a lifetime."
"Reading this entertaining novel, you will absorb much of the current scholarship on the historical Jesus and the first 25 years of Christianity, while following well-drawn characters and a compelling plot. Believers and skeptics alike will find much to enjoy in this book. The author fills in the gaps in the biblical accounts of Jesus's life and Paul's teachings with imagination and some humor, while respecting sensitivities of all faiths."
"A fascinating account of early Christianity, Signs and Wonders describes the diversity of thought among early adherents on the significance of Jesus and what his fundamental message was. The debates over how Jewish to be and how to adapt to the surrounding culture are brought alive in this novel. The depiction of the crucifixion from the viewpoint of a centurion provides a chilling counterpoint to the conflicting views on resurrection and the meaning of Jesus's death."
"Through vivid empathetic imagination Glass creates significant characters of first century Mediterranean history. Glass's sympathy for the players he sets within his narrative shines through in the details of their interior lives which are the hallmarks of this novel. What would it feel like to be the brother of Jehoshua, worried that the gentiles who followed him after his death wouldn't understand his teachings? Yakov embodies this view. How might Gamaliel, the mentor of Saul of Tarsus, feel when he encounters Paul of Tarsus? How does Mary Magdalene (Miriam) tell the story? What if Mark paid a visit to Philo of Alexandria? Following clues left along the trail of the evolution of Christianity, Glass creates a vision of how this new religion might have emerged."