NEWLY revised, fact-checked for historical accuracy, fine-tooth-comb edited, and re-published through WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan:   Intriguing literary historical fiction novel of Biblical and Roman times developed from a prize-winning story.

Step back to Ancient Palestine at the time of Jesus and of the Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking?
The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's truth-seeking foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts. Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas' Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her). Will the insurrection succeed?
The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings.
Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod's territory.
      Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, after much soul searching, he tries twice to blackmail Herod for his affair with Herodius, his brother's wife, but Herod decides to marry Herodius. John the Baptist preaches to Herod and looses his head. Manaheem tries again to blackmail Herod, this time for his part in the insurrection, losing Claressa in the process. Will he win her back? 
     Barabbas, also in need of more money, turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of the two beggars. Timotheus hesitates and almost turns back, but then decides to go along. Will the result be riches or disaster? 
Does redemption lie ahead, and at what cost to those who find it?
Amid conflicts, suspicion, and treachery within the empire, what will be the reactions of the rulers to the new sect called Christians?

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"The story has a powerful message that has clearly been displayed throughout the novel. Mr. Becher takes you through a wide range of emotions from beginning to end.... This is a great novel that I’m sure you will enjoy” ---Rudelle Thomas (Divine Eloquence)

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