When Jesus Wept (The Jerusalem Chronicles #1)

by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Typical of the Thoenes' work, this novel gives a unique perspective to a familiar story. Bodie and Brock give depth to the man who was Lazarus, painting him as the owner of a successful vineyard and a man mourning the recent death of his wife and newborn son. Lazarus narrates the story, telling us of his journey back towards hope as he learns of--and eventually walks alongside--Jesus.

Although I don't think this book is quite up to par with the A.D. Chronicles, I did very much enjoy it. I especially appreciated the appearance of familiar characters who had been fleshed out in the A.D. Chronicles, such as Peniel and Marcus. Mary and Martha were portrayed in slightly different ways than I tend to view them in the Bible, serving as a reminder that we don't really have the full picture.

I definitely recommend this novel, and look forward to the next book in the Jerusalem Chronicles. Which, of course, isn't out yet.

4/5 leaves

When Jesus Wept


  1. I haven't heard of this one before! It's kind of a retelling, then? That's cool. I'm always keen on retellings of stories and I haven't seen many around of Bible retellings. :))

    1. Yes, it's a retelling of the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. Bodie and Brock Thoene have written quite a few novels based on the New Testament, if you're interested in Biblical fiction. I reviewed another of their novels, First Light, somewhere on this blog. I highly recommend their work :)