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The Pinnacle of History through the Eyes of a Boy
This spellbinding work of historical fiction offers the
eyewitness account of 15-year-old James, son of Joseph bar Jacob, and
the dangerous and heartrending choices his family must make in the days
leading up to Joseph’s relationship with Mary, and the birth of
Jesus of Nazareth.

With crisp prose, tangible description
and thought-provoking insights, Before Bethlehem takes readers on a
vivid journey to the dusty Galilean village of Nazareth, where Joseph is
summoned by Rabbi Boethus, a Sadducean high priest, to marry an
orphaned virgin in Jerusalem. By accepting the Rabbi’s request,
Joseph unknowingly thrusts himself and his family into a bitter and
emotionally draining life-or-death conflict.

Joseph fights
to maintain his spiritual integrity while trying desperately to keep his
family together and his farm alive. He and James witness abhorring
violence at the hands of the Romans, and outlandish abuses of power by
their own religious leaders. As his family’s faith and hopes are
threatened by scandal and scorn, James struggles between the boy he is
and the man he must become.

Before Bethlehem is an
eye-opening account of the Nativity story told in a suspenseful,
historical context that dares to ask the question: If Joseph should have
turned Mary over to be stoned, why didn’t he? His profound
answer is one that forever changes the life of his son, James. And it
may just change yours, as well.

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