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Publisher Description

Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion's Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

Fiction & Literature
January 1
Baker Publishing Group
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

Daelightful ,

Faith and vision Builder

I loved this book. I found it bringing parts of the New Testament to life. The characters seemed so real and I could imagine Martha and Mary as they went about their duties and related to others each in their own unique way. I could hardly wait to turn each page. I will go to the website to read more.

panhandle listener ,

The Centurion’s Wife

I loved the historical setting of this book. The story capitalizes on the lives of both a man and a woman, a Jewess and. Gentile and the effect that the Prophet had on them. For one who doesn’t want to misrepresent any biblical facts, the details seemed to be very accurate with the Gospels. I have been thinking within the framework of the story ever since I began the book and appreciate the insight into biblical times and culture. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to get a feel for the Acts.

Senior1935 ,


A beautiful and inspirational story of faith and love.

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