In these 13 novels set again the panorama of the Bible, put yourself in the shoes of those who lived and died during the historical events of the Bible. For some perspective of what it must have been like to live in those days, check out these titles from Lew Wallace, Francine Rivers, Ted Dekker, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Mesu Andrews, Bodie and Brock Thoene, and more.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
The book that started it all—the 1880 novel Ben-Hur is one of one of the best-selling books of all time. Lew Wallace—an American lawyer, soldier, politician and author—set out to write a novel set during the life and ministry of Jesus, but knew that readers would be skeptical if Jesus were the main character. As such, he created a tale of betrayal and redemption that runs parallel to the biblical account of Christ. When a Jewish charioteer’s family is wrongly accused and convicted of treason, Judah Ben-Hur fights to clear his family’s name and is ultimately inspired by the rise of Jesus Christ and his message.
A Lineage of Grace
In her Lineage of Grace series, best-selling author Francine Rivers turned the spotlight on five courageous women named in Christ’s lineage. The 5-in-1 edition A Lineage of Grace (Tyndale House) includes the whole series in one set: Unveiled: Tamar, about a women betrayed by the men who controlled her future, and who fought for her right to believe in a loving God; Unashamed: Rahab, about a woman with a past to whom God gave a future; Unshaken: Ruth, about a woman who gave up everything, expecting nothing, and how God honored her; Unspoken: Bathsheba, about a woman whose beauty stirred the passion of a king, and whose pain moved the heart of God; and Unafraid: Mary, about the woman who responded in simple obedience to God’s call. Each of these women was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges, each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling, and each was destined to play a key role in the
lineage of Jesus Christ.
A.D. 30 (AD Series #1)
In a departure from his usual fare of thrillers and supernatural tales, New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker has embarked on an epic historical series set in the time of Christ. In the first book, A.D. 30 (Center Street), the outcast daughter of a powerful Arabian sheikh is called to protect the very people who rejected her. Her path leads unexpectedly to an enigmatic teacher, who speaks of a way of life that offers greater power than any kingdom…
Miriam (Treasures of the Nile #2)
Mesu Andrews intrigues readers once more, this time with the story of Miriam as her beloved brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile with a dangerous petition for the mighty Pharaoh, seeking the release of their people. With her trademark research and attention to detail, Mesu brings this turbulent time of plagues and destruction alive in Miriam (WaterBrook Multnomah).
Behold the Man (The Jerusalem Chronicles #3)
Brock & Bodie Thoene
Behold the Man (Zondervan) is the epic conclusion of Brock and Bodie Thoene’s Jerusalem Chronicles, and shares the last earthly days of Jesus through the eyes of Pilate, Claudia, Pilate’s wife, and a Roman Centurion, Marcus Longinus. These three people are forever changed when they encounter the man who claims to be God.
Counted with the Stars (Out from Egypt)
Debut novelist Connilyn Cossette treats readers with a unique take on the plagues that beset Egypt as God called his people from slavery. Counted With the Stars (Bethany House) introduces readers to a young Egyptian slave girl, Kiya, who is caught up with the Hebrews as they flee Pharaoh and her eyes are opened to the one they call Yahweh.
Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus
With grit and realism, Cliff Graham plunges readers into the turmoil of the Israelites as fear prevents them taking the Promised Land for themselves, despite Joshua and Caleb’s belief that God will give them victory over the fearsome Anakites and the land called Canaan. Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus (Bethany House) holds particular appeal for male readers.
Land of Silence
Following the beloved stories of Rahab and Ruth, Tessa Afshar turns her talent to a lesser-known biblical woman, whose journey is both painful and triumphant. Elianna has lived a life stripped of all she held dear by illness, but her life is forever changed when she reaches for the hem of Jesus’ garment. Land of Silence (Tyndale House) provides a glimpse into the life that may have been for this unnamed woman.
Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture
Based on the major motion picture, Risen (Bethany House) gives readers a perspective of the resurrection from another angle. The story follows the character of Clavius, the Roman Tribune charged with protecting Jesus’ tomb after his death. He must keep the radical followers from stealing the body. When the body goes missing, Calvius sets out on a journey that will change him more than he realizes as he searches for the truth.
John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness
(The Jesus Chronicles #1)
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Following their series of end-times thrillers in the Left Behind series, co-authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins embarked on a historical series. The Jesus Chronicles recounts the life of Christ in the voices of those who knew and loved Jesus best—the Gospel writers John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke. The first volume in the series, John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness (Berkley), shares the thrilling account of the life of the man who came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament and to save all of humankind—and the disciple who was the last eyewitness to Jesus’
Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles #1)
Lynn Austin’s Restoration Chronicles tells stories from the Old Testament and the trials of the Jewish people. In Return to Me (Bethany House), King Cyrus has just declared that the Jews may return to their Promised Land. However, there is division in their community as some waiver in their faith. Readers are introduced to a priest named Iddo and his grandson Zechariah as they embark on their difficult journey to the Promised Land.
Heart of a Lion (Lions of Judah #1)
The amazingly prolific Gilbert Morris has written everything from science fiction to historical romance. His first foray into biblical fiction was the Lions of Judah series, which revolved around the ancestry of Christ. The first book in the series, Heart of a Lion, featured a young Noah struggling with a frightening Word from God. Subsequent volumes featured Sarai, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (2016)
As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world―both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience. The story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path. Also included: the inspiring story-behind-the-story of Lew Wallace―Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.