Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture

by Angela Hunt

Paperback, 2015



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Bethany House Publishers (2015), 320 pages


"Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down. His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history."--


Audie Award (Finalist — 2017)


Original language


Physical description

320 p.; 8.5 inches


076421845X / 9780764218453

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LibraryThing member jfe16
The governor of Judea summons Tribune Clavius and sends him to Golgotha to oversee the crucifixion of a Nazarene. Pontius Pilate fears the radical followers of Yeshua will steal the body and incite revolution by proclaiming this "messiah" risen from the dead and so orders the tribune to make
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certain the body of the Nazarene remains in the tomb.

Despite Clavius’s determined efforts, the body mysteriously disappears, striking fear into the hearts of both Herod Antipas and Pontius Pilate. They demand that the tribune find the body and thwart those who would proclaim Yeshua as the promised Messiah, risen from the dead.

Clavius diligently searches throughout Jerusalem, visits the garden of Gethsemane, digs up graves in search of the hiding place of the missing body, and questions disciples and followers of Yeshua. But as his quest brings him in touch with both believers and nonbelievers, Clavius discovers that the truth, and the answers he seeks, are destined to change his life forever.

Written in first person, Clavius and Rachel, a Jewish woman earning her living baking bread, alternately narrate the story. Biblical narrative, woven throughout the fictional story of Clavius and Rachel, adds another dimension to the story, especially as they interact with Yeshua and His followers. The powerful sense of place allows readers to understand life in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion. With its well-developed characters and gripping story, readers will find it difficult to set this compelling book aside until they’ve reached its inspiring conclusion.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Risen (The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture)
Author: Angela Hunt
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 stars.
My husband and sons went to see the movie Risen in the theatre; I will see it when it comes on DVD as theater seating is uncomfortable for me. So when I saw the
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book being offered for review on Bookfun.org, I asked for a copy to read. The joy of being able to converse with my guys about the movie scenes and scenes from the book was fun; it’s a great family activity we do.
In the novel, the chapters switch between the Roman Tribune Clavius and a young Jewish widow named Rachel. When authors use this means of telling a story, it tends to enrich the reader’s understanding of what is occurring by using two points of view. Here it helps to see the Roman activity, thoughts and life compared to a widowed Jewish woman making bread and selling it in the market place as a means to take care of her needs. When these two lives meet and become involved in a relationship, knowing that neither the Romans nor the Jewish people would condone it, secrecy becomes paramount!
Also happening at the same time is the resurrection of Yeshua and the demand to locate his body by Pontius Pilate. Clavius goes to extreme and ultimate measures in order to obey the order. However, something more is occurring within the heart of this Roman Tribune. Rachel is a lonely woman who has never felt real love or care from her own people or her dead husband. The uproar in searching for the Nazarene’s body causes a stirring in her heart that no words can adequately express.
I couldn’t stop reading the novel because I wanted to see what was in the future for Clavius. Plus I was wondering if he would see Yeshua with his own eyes and then what he would do with his Roman gods that he seemed disappointed and disgusted by. Rachel drew my attention because of her unloving marriage and then being alone until she meets the Tribune. What would her future be or would she encounter Yeshua?
I hope you read the novel and perhaps with Easter around the corner or anytime during the year give the novel to someone who is searching. Maybe consider adding it to your personal library to enjoy again in the future. It is worth reading and sharing!
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LibraryThing member Becky_L
From Roman Pig to Jesus's Sheep...

I loved this powerful,emotional book by Angela Hunt. A novelization of the motion picture by Paul Aiello and Kevin Reynolds, it contained a lot of brutality that was present at the time of Jesus's crucifixion. In fact, the main character, Clavius, is a Roman
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Tribune who has hardened himself to the death he sees and causes in Judea by the phrase,"Rome is always right." When Jesus's tomb is found empty, Clavius is commissioned to discover where His body could be and who could have removed it.

Rachel, a young Jewish widower, is the other narrator in this moving tale told in the first person pov. Rachel is looking for peace and love, but uncertain whether she can find either in Clavius.

Clavius brings in persons of interest to question regarding people claiming to see Jesus, post-resurrection. One old, blind woman, Miriam,asks Clavius, '"Don't you want to know what He said?"...
"Of course."
"He said a grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies produces much fruit." Her face glowed with confidence. "You're too late to stop the harvest." '

My thoughts on the story itself:
The Scriptures used fit into place well, although some of what Jesus said was actually spoken before His death. I was impressed by the research that went into the project.
The story flowed well between the two narrators, and the action kept me quickly turning pages. It was easy to identify with the characters, and to hope that they would eventually identify with the Messiah. I was not expecting the ending. If you like Biblical fiction, this is a great book to flesh out the Scripture! I highly recommend this book!
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