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Claudia: here is a novel well worth reading by anyone! Who knew that from one tiny little reference to Claudia in Scripture, such a well-researched story could emerge that would be an eye-opener to the lifestyle of Roman society during the time of Jesus Christ! It was a fantastically challenging time for those in power (as well as those NOT in power); it was a time of spies and intrigue, of power-hungry and mentally imbalanced individuals. It was a time of which we have all done a little study but have possibly gained little real knowledge of the culture and ideas of the times. It had to be a very scary time for those who had no control over their own lives, whether they be slaves or wives!
Claudia’s story begins when she is a small child, being raised by a grandmother, with a mother who was prostituting herself and was seldom coherent. Claudia never knew who her father was, but her grandfather was Caesar Augustus, the Emperor. Eventually, Claudia was brought to the Emperor’s castle in Rome to be raised as his ward. She was given in marriage at about age 16 to a complete stranger, Lucius Pontius Pilate. Pilate was ordered to move to little Judea, home of the Jewish people, where he became governor of these sometimes unruly people. There was much problem-solving involved in his duties and little time for his wife and child. However, Claudia knew how her own life depended on making her husband comfortable and supported; they were in love and cherished their time together.
During their 10 years in Judea (divided between Jerusalem and Caesarea), the political and religious conflicts sometimes escalated to a dangerous level. Claudia was often curious about the Jewish people and learned their history and the meaning of their rituals through slaves in the palace, who came to trust her and answered her questions. When Jesus arose as an imposing figure in the small nation, Claudia became very interested in his ministry and visited in the crowds where he was teaching and performing miracles. She dreamed about him. She slowly began introducing her thoughts about Judaism and Jesus to her husband, who scoffed but did not forbid her to continue with her contacts.
Claudia is a fabulous story from Scripture, a great teaching tool of the history of the Jewish people, with many references from the Old Testament; it also clearly defines the role of Jesus and points very definitely to the need for forgiveness and salvation. The author has done an superb job of creating clarity of a sometimes very confusing history, and has blessed this reader with her authenticity in telling the story.
Claudia is available as of June 2013 at your favorite bookseller - from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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