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A Love Divine (1996)

by Alexandra Ripley

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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
A historical fiction based on Joseph of Arimethea, the one in whose tomb Jesus was buried. He was described in the Bible as a "secret follower" of Christ. This novel describes what the author imagines could have been his life before and after his encounter with the crucified Christ.
Bought at St. Paul's Episcopal Church thrift store.

I should refrain from reading novels based on events in the Bible. I get so annoyed when they get details wrong. Although Scripture clearly states that Joseph was a secret follower of Jesus at the time of the crucifixion, the book puts his conversion some time after. There is no mention of Nicodemas, who accompanied Joseph carrying the 75 pounds of myrrh and other spices. A major theme carrying the plot was the requirement in Jewish law that a man and wife must divorce if they have no children in ten years of marriage. What nonsense! What about Zechariah and Elizabeth, parents of John the Baptist? Not to mention Abraham and Sarah. Not relying on my own knowledge, I searched Judaism 101 at http://www.jewfaq.org/marriage.htm and Jewish Marriage and Family in the Ancient World at http://www.myjewishlearning.com/history/Ancient_and_Medieval_History/539_BCE-632.... and there was nothing to indicate that this was true.

Other than these major errors (in my opinion), I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was very interested in Joseph's travels and adventures. It is an epic, carrying us from Joseph's youth in a farming village to his becoming a seaman, then a captain, then an important trader with a fleet of ships. His rich life included friends, relatives, and lovers, Jews, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Gauls, Germans, Celts, and Druids, from the Emporer to the lowliest slave.

Legend has it that he traveled as far as Cornwall, then known as Albion. He stuck his staff into the ground when he arrived in the dead of winter, and it miraculously grew and blossomed! Today it is known as the Thorn of Glastonbury.

This book is a used paperback. The cover is in very poor condition, but the pages are intact and are unmarked with no dogears. It does have a Bookcrossing label and stickers. ( )
  FancyHorse | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a surprisingly good story. It has a little bit of everything but isn't too much of any genre. Interesting change. ( )
  fishhook7 | May 26, 2010 |
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According to the reckoning of calendars many centuries later, it was the year 6 C.E., or 6 A.D., the date: April 8.
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A fictional biography of Joseph of Aramithea, the man who brought Christianity to Britain. He is portrayed as sailor, adventurer, wealthy trader and confidant of King Herod. After Christ miraculously heals his daughter, Joseph converts to Christianity. It was in his tomb that Christ was buried after he was crucified. By the author of Scarlett.… (more)

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