Jesus Christ--Fiction; Bible. N.T.--History of Biblical events--Fiction
In Behold the Man, the third and final volume of the bestselling series The Kingdom and the Crown, powerful Jerusalem, supported by the Roman govenor, grow increasingly worried about the expanding influence of Jesus of Nazareth. His ascendacy spreads wider each day, and the crowds that flock to him acknowledge this simple carpenter as the promised Messiah. Should his followers revolt against the oppressive Roman occupation, it could plunge the entire province into war.
Meanwhile, Simeon ben David of Capernaum and Miriam of Jerusalem continue to struggle with the consequences of becoming followers of Christ. Despite adversity and uncertainty, the couple make plans to wed. But their happiness is just a brief interlude in the face of the threatening storm.
Miriam's father, Mordechai ben Uzziel, one of the leading rulers in Jerusalem, knows that if the followers of Jesus revolt, the very existence of the Jewish people will be at risk. Secret plans are carefully laid to eliminate this Man from Galilee. Even the devout Pharisees join in the conspiracy because of the popularity of Jesus threatens their own following. The conspirators agree that only a Roman cross can stop Jesus and quench the fires of rebellion once and for all. Thus Simeon and Miriam and their friends and families are plunged once again into the current of events, culminating in what had been called "the greatest week in the history of mankind." [publisher's blurb]