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Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented characters of the New Testament is Martha. Often painted in the colours of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a follower of Jesus.
From the mind of Diana Wallis Taylor comes this touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. Through Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired combination of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life.
Follow Martha as she is jilted by her betrothed, falls in love with a Roman soldier, grieves the death of her father, cares for her siblings, and serves her Lord with dignity and grace. Readers will never read the biblical story of Martha the same way again.
Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor was published by Baker in July 2011 and is our 12428th best seller. The ISBN for Martha is 9780800734657.
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MarthaMary Bartholomew, via The Good Book Stall
Of course anything not in the Bible is a figment of someone’s imagination, but there has always been serious study of background information to make the story as plausible as possible, and this is what has been done here.
Incidents recorded in the Gospels have been woven together to make a story of Martha that just could be true. It really doesn’t matter. It probably didn’t happen this way – but it might have done!
What the book does well is to describe what it was like for a family living in Bethany at that time. The day to day routine, the way the community behaved, and what befriending Jesus meant for them when the Temple authorities were intent to kill Jesus and wipe out any support for him.
I had never seriously considered what this would mean for Lazarus, or the healed leper who returned to thank Jesus. A book like this makes us stop and think of these people and how their lives will have been changed. Yes, Lazarus was raised from the dead. Yes, the leper was now able to return home, but what then?
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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|Author / Artist||Diana Wallis Taylor|
|Publisher||Baker (July 2011)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||11th May 2014|