The Centurion's Wife

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The sweeping oral saga surrounds the birth of Christianity and the very personal story of Leah, a woman compelled into a betrothal she never wanted yet drawn by a faith she never expected.

When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage for her. When she finds herself betrothed to a centurion named Alban, she views it as a fate worse than death. Alban, head of the garrison near Galilee, has ...

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Overview

The sweeping oral saga surrounds the birth of Christianity and the very personal story of Leah, a woman compelled into a betrothal she never wanted yet drawn by a faith she never expected.

When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage for her. When she finds herself betrothed to a centurion named Alban, she views it as a fate worse than death. Alban, head of the garrison near Galilee, has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power - Rome. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his life at risk. But when the death and missing body of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.

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Grandmother of the evangelical Christian fiction boom, Oke teams with Bunn, another established author brand, in this biblical fiction embroidered around a minor character in the gospels, one Roman soldier whose young servant was miraculously healed by Jesus. The centurion Alban seeks advancement in the Roman government of occupied Judaea. His plan to advance will win him an unwilling bride, Leah, a young woman whose family's economic disgrace has forced her into servitude in the household of Roman governor Pilate, who has recently condemned to death a controversial Jewish spiritual leader by the name of Jesus. This nicely plotted series kickoff provides interesting back stories for the central characters that cry out for further development. A few supporting characters hold interest, including Alban's fellow soldier Linux and Pilate's wife Procula, another intriguing bit player in the gospel of Christ's passion. Unfortunately, the characters who follow Jesus have but a single dimension: piety. Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764206559
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Acts of Faith Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Davis Bunn, the author of twenty bestsellers, has received numerous accolades, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. His books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home near Oxford, England, where they teach and write. Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award and the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

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