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In this second series installment (after When Jesus Wept), young Nehemiah and his teacher Rabbi Kagba, one of the original magi to visit the baby Jesus, travel to Jerusalem to bring Christ the cup that he will use for the Last Supper. A fascinating first-person account of the life of the fictional Nehemiah, "cup carrier for the King." The narrative also fleshes out Christ's words and actions right before and during his last meal with the 12 disciples. Elegant writing and beautiful descriptions that authentically capture the era allow readers to feel as if they are in the room with these biblical figures. VERDICT Fans of the Thoenes' books will enjoy this retelling of Christ's last days, with its focus on the Holy Grail. Recommended for collections looking for historical novels set in biblical times and that delve into the backstories of familiar characters.