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Fifth Seal (#05 in A.d. Chronicles Series)

Bodie ThoeneBrock Thoene

Fifth Seal (#05 in A.d. Chronicles Series)

Bodie ThoeneBrock Thoene

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The little town of Nazareth is a long way from Jerusalem and King Herod's evil clutches. Yet is anywhere in Judea far enough? Gossip swirls around the newlyweds Mary and Yosef. It is far too soon for her womb to carry the growing baby, neighbours say. Yet too much is at stake for Yosef to reveal the truth. He vows to protect Mary and the baby with his life, but how can he protect her heart from the barbs of betrayal?
As beloved prophetess Hannah boldly foretells the coming of Israel's true King, King Herod plots her doom . . . and that of anyone else he believes challenges his throne. When a dying slave stumbles into Bethlehem on a stormy night, shepherd Zadok and his wife, Rachel, wonder: Is her arrival guided by God or a trap set by the paranoid Herod?
As Mary and Yosef set out on a perilous journey to Jerusalem, astronomer Melchior sees unusual activity in the stars. He's convinced something important will happen soon in Israel. . . and it will impact the world, for all eternity.
In their most dramatic, ambitious, and significant historical series to date, Bodie and Brock Thoene once again transport readers back in time to first century A.D. to the birth of Christ - the most critical event in the history of the world.



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The little town of Nazareth is a long way from Jerusalem and King Herod's evil clutches. Yet is anywhere in Judea far enough? Gossip swirls around the newlyweds Mary and Yosef. It is far too soon for her womb to carry the growing baby, neighbours say. Yet too much is at stake for Yosef to reveal the truth. He vows to protect Mary and the baby with his life, but how can he protect her heart from the barbs of betrayal?
As beloved prophetess Hannah boldly foretells the coming of Israel's true King, King Herod plots her doom . . . and that of anyone else he believes challenges his throne. When a dying slave stumbles into Bethlehem on a stormy night, shepherd Zadok and his wife, Rachel, wonder: Is her arrival guided by God or a trap set by the paranoid Herod?
As Mary and Yosef set out on a perilous journey to Jerusalem, astronomer Melchior sees unusual activity in the stars. He's convinced something important will happen soon in Israel. . . and it will impact the world, for all eternity.
In their most dramatic, ambitious, and significant historical series to date, Bodie and Brock Thoene once again transport readers back in time to first century A.D. to the birth of Christ - the most critical event in the history of the world.


- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Bodie Thoene

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discoveredthe Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers minds and hearts. Bodie has degrees in journalism and communications. Brock has often been described by Bodie as an essential half of this writing team. With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms. Bodie and Brock have four grown children - Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie - and five grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks. Bodie and Brock divide their time between London and Nevada.- Publisher.

Brock Thoene

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. That these best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers minds and hearts. Bodie has degrees in journalism and communications. Brock has often been described by Bodie as an essential half of this writing team. With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms. Bodie and Brock have four grown children Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie and five grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks. Bodie and Brock divide their time between London and Nevada.- Publisher.

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Dramatic, ambitious and significant
4 stars By Narelle Mollet, Jan 09 2008
As indicated in its title, FIFTH SEAL is the fifth instalment in Bodie and Brock Thoene's A.D. CHRONICLES, an epic project transporting readers back to ancient Jerusalem and the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth.
 
Following on from Fourth Dawn, FIFTH SEAL opens with Mary's pregnancy becoming visible, the shepherds praying for their Messiah and astronomers from the East noticing signs in the night sky that foretell the unravelling of a great mystery.  Yosef's heart is torn as he begins to hear murmurings about Mary's fidelity yet knows he cannot reveal the truth about her baby.  As he questions why his young wife must be subjected to such gossip when she carries the Son of the Most High, he is visited in his dreams by his namesake, Joseph the Dreamer and the extent of the responsibility put before him is revealed.  
 
Mary's spirit is wounded by the snide remarks of her neighbours yet her heart is captivated by the gift of her child as she ponders the angel's words and the implications for her people as well as herself and Yosef. When the extent of Herod's depravity and madness becomes clear, as he orders the murder of two of his sons, Mary and Yosef feel the danger to their unborn child growing closer. The summons to return to Yosef's birthplace of Bethlehem strikes fear in his heart, both for the rigors of the journey upon Mary and the knowledge Herod is actively seeking out any threat to his reign.

Interspersed throughout the story are the thoughts of the astronomer, Melchior, and the movement of the stars in heaven which will lead him and his friends to seek out the new King of Israel. You'll meet Zadok who is a brawny Bethlehem shepherd, a brave and uncomplicated man, who tends to the sheep destined for sacrifice at the temple while his wife Rachel, a gifted midwife, comforts young mothers and helps bring their babies in to the world.  Together they will face their biggest fears as they take in a young slave girl abused by Hermes, leader of Herod's personal Guard, and then go on to experience the wonder of the first Christmas and the birth of the Messiah.
  
Bodie and Brock Thoene have brought to life this pivotal time in the history of the world. With sensitivity and impeccable research, they have described the political and social landscape, imagined the thoughts and feelings of the Biblical characters, and created a story that is emotive, challenging and inspiring.  With footnotes marking all the Biblical passages referred to, FIFTH SEAL will have you turning to your Bible and reading the story of Jesus' birth with fresh eyes and a new sense of wonder.  

This book is a wonderful reminder of the ordinary people God chose to be the first to hear of His Son's birth, the perilous journey undertaken by a young girl and her faithful husband, and the miracle of that very first Christmas.



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  • Catalogue Code 259293
  • Product Code 9780842375191
  • ISBN 0842375198
  • EAN 9780842375191
  • Pages 364
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Tyndale House
  • Publication Date May 2007
  • Sales Rank #6228
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.290kg

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