Take This Cup
By Bodie and Brock Thoene
Published by Zondervan
March 25, 2014
Back Cover description
Though there have been many stories about the Cup of Christ, the Holy Grail, after the Last Supper, this is the first imaginative account of the Cup’s previous history and significance. Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish woman, a weaver from Jerusalem, is born and raised among the Jews who didn’t return to Jerusalem from the Exile. Educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus’ birth thirty years earlier, Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah?
When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission—to carry a mysterious object back to the holy city of Jerusalem . . . an object whose reappearance heralds the Messiah’s arrival.
Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem just as the final events of Jesus’ earthly ministry are coming to a climax: the Feast of Dedication, the Triumphal Entry, the last cleansing of the Temple, and culminating at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Only Nehemiah understands the true sacrifice that is to come as he makes the cup worthy of his Savior.
Bodie and Brock Thoene are bestselling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.
When I received this book I had no idea it was a part of a series and I was slightly disappointed. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this novel can be read on its own and still understand the book. Nehemiah who is an eight year old boy has grown, working with sheep and listening to the stories his parents told. The plot focus mainly on the cup before it earns its reputation as the Holy Grail. This novel does a very good job of connecting many bible references to the fiction story: Lazarus’s resurrection, the Last Supper, and many of Jesus’s parables. I was also happy to see that all biblical references are noted in the back if the book. This novel was very well written and I enjoyed reading it, I will definitely go back and read the book that comes before Take This Cup.
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