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Sorry, only just now noticed this post dnurse. I did read the second book and I enjoyed it as well. Thought the characters were so well defined, the story compelling. It ends getting more into familiar biblical stories and I must admit I didn't enjoy that as much as her filling in the gaps.
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Glad you finally noticed me down here! I enjoyed the filling in the gaps parts best too. I'm amazed at how well she does it. The tension between Yeshua and his brother James fits in well with the bible. I really enjoyed Yeshua's relationship with Avigail. Rice brought out Yeshua's humanity with a realistic portrait in my opinion. Avigail's father, Shemayah, was such a frustrating character. Rice used poetic license but she did it just right. No complaints here.
I'm inclined to believe in parallel worlds filled with dark bound Snow and Odd adventures.

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I wonder since there was the potential love interest there if a lot of Christians are up in arms about it the way they were The Last Temptation of Christ. Okay, yes I know Jesus is supposed to be holy and perfect, but he did come to earth as HUMAN according to the stories, so I really liked how she made him so real and complex and human. I just hope that she maintains that in the rest of the series now that we've entered traditional bible territory.
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Actually, AR's Christ books are recommended reads in some churches. In the Christian belief system, Christ was fully human and fully God. It would've been expected of him as a Jewish man to marry and perfectly normal. I wondered what would be Christ's reasoning for not getting married. Christ experienced the same human desires as the rest of us. Back in Christ's time, a widow was the lowest person in society. I was curious of how Rice would depict Christ choosing to not get married. I mean, it wouldn't be cool to leave behind a widow in those days if you knew ahead of time you'd be subjecting her to the life of a widow which could be quite horrible. I'm looking forward to the 3rd book. I also want to see how she portrays Christ "so real and complex and human," along with being fully God. How do you do that? I'm sure there are a lot of Christians "up in arms" about it all. I don't have these type of issues. I'm not of the literal interpretation fundamentalist belief system. The bible is symbolic, about why rather than how in many areas. Unfortunately, many people use their religion to express their hostility. It's sad. You're an atheist and I don't have any hostility towards that. I understand it. I use to be one. You're openly gay, and I can't fathom having to endure what you've probably been subjected to from people in the name of religion. I have no hostility toward your sexual orientation. I don't believe you're "going to hell." I also don't get all the paranoia towards atheist wanting to "take God out of our schools, etc." Atheists aren't saying don't pray in school, or put in God we don't trust on back of the dollar, or one nation not under God. Separation of church and state is a good thing. It's a win/win situation in my opinion. Should we put "In Zues we trust" on the back of the dollar? Anyway, people misplace their hostilities and hide them under piety. It can be very scary. Rice is very respectful and real about the Christ series. I admire her. I've never read her vampire books but she's impressed the heck out of me with the Christ books.
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Christians like you are the ones I think as an outside observer seem to have the truest grasp of what Christiantiy is supposed to be about. Too many seem to use it as a power trip, as a chance to feel superior and cast judgement on others they think are somehow less than they are. Thta seems to go directly against the teachings of Christ. I wish there were more like you, and I often wonder if Christians like you get really upset by people like Fred Phelps who takes "God Hates f**s" signs to funerals. I mean, they really give Christians a bad name, when there are many who are not that mean-spirited or judgemental.

I often feel athesit also get a bad rep, like we're all selfish and against religion. I don't begrudge anyone choosing to lead a Christian life, I can respect that, I just ask they respect me as well. I also hate when atheists are portrayed as having no moral compass.
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