Behold Your King Author:Florence Marvyne Bauer This is the story of Jonathan of Cyrene, a young Jew of the Western Dispersion, and his stay in the turbulent land of the Jews during the early years of the first century. — To Jonathan, Palestine was an exciting experience. There, in the age-old meeting place of East and West, tetrarchs, centurions and legions had imposed the rule of Rome on a s... more »ubjugated people that still hoped for the Promised One to release them from bondage. The many sects of Judaism still held firmly to their faith, though the pagan worldliness of Rome clashed with the ancient religion of the Jew. It was a time of sharp conflict, vibrant with expectancy.
Jonathan was proud of his Jewish heritage and followed devoutly the Law laid down by Moses and the prophets. Like all his people, he prayed for the advent of the Messiah who would bring deliverance to Israel and overlordship among the nations of the world.
But a tense quarrel with his uncle over his betrothal -- and over the heretical religious views he refused to give up -- left Jonathan suddenly an outcast, proclaimed dead to the house of Judah. In his trouble of mind, he had been slow to realize the profound influence exerted on him by a new acquaintance, a most unusual young rabbi from Galilee. This Jesus of Nazareth had performed miraculous healings and preached curiously appealing doctrine. Followers and disciples had begun to flock to His side, and wonderful things were whispered of His powers.
Under the spell of His extraordinary personality Jonathan was caught up in the world-shaking events of the next two years, and came to know and love the rabbi from Nazareth. The story of his friendship with the Nazarene makes a novel of deepest interest, impressively beautiful and reverent.« less