The book Son of God is a tie-in with the major motion picture of the same title, slated for wide theatrical release on February 28, 2014. Like the movie, the book possesses an epic scope, providing a panoramic picture of first-century Judea as it recounts the events and reveals the meaning of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
Though based on New Testament accounts, including the four Gospels and the book of Acts, Son of God reads like a contemporary novel, delving deeply into the character of Jesus and the personalities and motives all of those who surround him, both his followers and his enemies. Even minor Gospel characters (Mary Magdelene, the servant Malchus, the Jewish elder Nicodemus) come vividly to life in the book, and its portrayal of the political machinations behind Jesus’ trial and death—the contest for power between the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and the high priest Caiaphas—is especially engaging.
Beyond depicting the historical milieu in which Jesus lived, Son of God deftly explains the customs and culture of the Jewish people and the Roman officials and soldiers who oppress them, enhancing readers’ understanding of the biblical record. In its final part, the book extends the Christian story past Jesus’ resurrection to show how Jesus’ followers, impassioned by their faith, began spreading his message of salvation throughout the wider world. Gritty and realistic, Son of God pulls no punches in conveying the harsh realities of Jesus’ era. But it is also inspirational, showing how Jesus transformed the lives of the humble and the powerful alike—and conveying Jesus’ message of comfort and hope to present-day readers.
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An epic work that tells the Story of Jesus and touches the heart.
Joel Osteen, Son of God the movie
About the Authors
Roma Downey is a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress who starred for almost a decade as Monica
in the hit CBS television series Touched by an Angel. She is also
producer of the children’s DVD and book series Little Angels.
Mark Burnett is a multiple
Emmy Award–winning producer of some of the biggest prime-time network
television shows in history, including Survivor,
The Apprentice, Shark Tank, and The Voice. He has produced over two thousand hours of American
prime-time programming. Burnett also collaborated with his wife, Roma Downey,
to produce The Bible, a ten hour global television miniseries.
About Keith David
Keith David is a classically trained actor, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee. He stars, alongside Zoe Saldana, in the upcoming Netflix limited series “From Scratch.” Keith was featured in Jordan Peele’s latest film “Nope.” His expansive film credits include 21 Bridges, Night School, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Requiem for a Dream, Men at Work, They Live, Crash, There’s Something About Mary, The Thing, Platoon and many others. Keith completed 5 seasons starring in Greenleaf for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Other TV credits include NCIS: New Orleans, Blackish, MacGyver, Fresh Off the Boat, Community, Enlisted, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Keith’s collaboration with Ken Burns earned him 3 Emmy Awards for his narration of Jackie Robinson, The War, and Unforgivable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Most recently, Keith narrated the documentary Ali by Ken Burns. Some of his other voice acting credits include Adventure Time, Bojack Horseman, Rick & Morty, Spawn, and Gargoyles. On Broadway, he starred in Seven Guitars and Jelly’s Last Jam (Tony nomination). As a singer Keith has toured for the past several years with Too Marvelous For Words, in which Keith recreates Nat King Cole. Keith is currently creating a show about legendary blues singer Joe Williams. Born and raised in New York City, Keith is a graduate of the New York High School of the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.