The Shepherd Author:Robert Payne From the jacket: — The story of Jesus has been told from many points of view and from many sources, and there is always need for fresh inspiration in interpreting the life which is the subject of the Gospels. In this long, panoramic novel, Robert Payne has recreated the life of the shepherd Yeshua of Nazareth, from his childhood as the son of the... more » carpenter Joseph to the time of his baptism in the Jordan by his cousin Yona.
The author's aim, which has been achieved with a brilliant intensity of vision, is to tell a credible story of the growth of the young Jewish prophet at the time when the Jewish people daily awaited the coming of the Messiah and to set it against the turbulent history and the harsh, yet beautiful, landscape of ancient Palestine.
Vividly written, this important religious novel combines a free treatment of description and emotion with reverence for the great central character. A portrait emerges of a man who believed very early in life that he was the Messiah and who tested that belief in the fires of his soul; who saw bloodshed and murder from the hills of Nazareth; who travelled widely and spoke many languages and was aware of the cultures of Egypt and Greece while retaining, until he could retain it no more, a belief in the Hebrew tradition: a man possessed of inner violence and quiet fearlessness, living at a time of upheaval astonishingly like our own.« less