The Thief

The Thief

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?
Publisher: New York :, Howard Books,, 2014
Edition: First Howard Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451689105
Branch Call Number: FIC LAN
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 29, 2016

This is the second book in a series. The first was the "Well". Both have been great reads - I truly enjoyed them and anxious to read the third book "The tomb" I highly recommend these three books.

Jun 15, 2015

These biblical historical novels make up the Living Water series. In order the books are: 1) The Well 2) The Thief 3) The Tomb.

The 1st book, The Well, is available through the library's Link+ feature as it is not currently available in the SF Library system.

I highly recommend all three.

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