Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Publisher: Poisoned Penn Press
“Pilate found himself reduced to waiting for the Rabban of the Sanhedrin to come to his rescue. The eagle must seek help from the hare; the wolf must seek guidance from the sheep. The irony would not be lost on either of them,” Frederick Ramsay writes in his novel, The Wolf and the Lamb.
Fourth in the Jerusalem Mysteries series, this two hundred and seventy-seven page hardbound targets those who enjoy historical fiction surrounding the death of Jesus Christ. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, the topic of murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. Helpful explanatory notes, two maps, and an appendix on places and characters are included. This reader wishes there was consistency in capitalizing all pronouns of God and Jesus.
In this tale, author Ramsey is not particularly focused on Jesus and the events surrounding His entering Jerusalem, crucifixion, and resurrection; it is a fictional story of behind the scenes involving Pontius Pilate, his wife, Caiaphas, Gamaliel, and Barabbas, individuals mentioned in the Bible.
When Pontius Pilate, known as the Prefect of Palestine, is accused of murdering his rival, he begs Gamaliel, the Jewish Rabban of the Sanhedrin, to uncover the truth. With his physician friend, Loukas, in tow, Gamaliel plays inspector and private investigator within Jerusalem’s walls. Even though the High Priest Caiaphas is obsessed with the Nazarene Jeshua for supposedly not obeying the Jewish laws, Gamaliel’s loyalty is questioned between the nation and Rome as he tries to exonerate Pilate.
Being shadowed by a young boy, Gamaliel and Loukas play cat and mouse trying to avoid Hebrew legionnaires and Roman guards as they visit Pilate at the Antonia Fortress prison, secretly meet the Prefect’s wife at the hippodrome, and pray at the Temple. With the protagonist getting closer and closer to finding out if a murder was part of a cover-up to maintain social position, all characters have their roles to play.
Laying out the backdrop to why Pilate was involved in Jesus’s condemnation and freeing the violent Barabbas to the people, readers get a better grasp of the life and times of political maneuvers, Jewish traditions, and clashes between two peoples. Written with wit and bantering but little about Jesus’s role, Ramsay keeps readers engaged while reiterating his point that God was and is always in control.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and Mary Glenn Publicist for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.