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This is a novel which approaches the life of Yeshua (Jesus) from a perspective that is not handled with clarity by other writers, for it looks at this enigma from the aspect of his humanness, and the period from his youth and his first encounters with the High Priests in the temple, up to and after his crucifixion.

The story is told by many narrators including Yeshua himself, but uses the meeting of Philip the apostle and Abdul the Ethiopian Jew -- eunuch and treasurer of Candace, Queen of Ethiopia -- to relate the events of His life, his crucifixion and its aftermath.

Almost anything about the life of Jesus is intriguing and a book which explores His life story including the period between the journey of Mary, Joseph and the young child to Egypt and the commencement of His ministry and teachings must be equally intriguing. His crucifixion and the time thereafter will be attractive to all who want to hear different perspectives on His life and ministry.

The basis of Christian thought and teaching is Jesus' crucifixion, His [supposed] death on the cross and His resurrection and the promise of eternal life to those who follow His teachings, as well as the belief in His divinity and claim to be the Son of God. His assertion that "I am the resurrection and the life; those who believe in me, though he die... will live again" was a promise that He wanted to demonstrate through His resurrection. This is one of the promises that draws adherents to His philosophy.

Suppose, however, that there was no resurrection after the crucifixion? What are the implications? Suppose it was all an elaborate plot conceptualised by a brilliant, charismatic, deluded young man? What are the implications for Christianity? What would be the reaction to a book that propounds this concept?

Books written on this topic have value and merit, but Yeshua, aka Jesus the Nazarene is new and approaches the topic in a different way. It looks at Yeshua's life from a human perspective, in a manner not previously covered, and at questions about his early life that have not been answered.

It has been suggested that Yeshua the Christ, and his parents, were members of the Essenes, an anti-Roman, anti-Pharisee, anti-establishment religious cult with a chapter established in Qumran, near the Dead Sea. He was called the Nazarene, not because of his relation to the town of Nazareth, but because he and his followers the Nazoreans -- former followers of John the Baptist -- often met on Mt. Carmel to discuss their problems and make plans for the overthrow of the Roman rulers. They also met to discuss their resistance to the strict observance of the Jewish religious law as perpetuated by the High Priests of the Temple, both the Sadducees and the Pharisees.

Philip, the apostle, narrates the story of Yeshua's life at his meeting with the eunuch, to whom he explains a passage from the Book of Isaiah. Thus begins a lasting friendship with Abdul, who becomes the 'vessel' through which the story of Yeshua's life is spread to Ethiopia, and the friendship with a remarkable horse. It looks at Yeshua's life at Qumran prior to his ministry and is written as a novel in which details of his remarkable life are told.

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