The Baker of Capernaum
The carpenter of Nazareth becomes the teacher and healer of Capernaum. But how do ordinary folks perceive the young rabbi? Amos, the baker of the village, struggles to reconcile his old ideas about the Messiah with the image of his new friend Yeshua, hailed by some as the Son of God.
Soon a devastating loss makes Amos’ world crumble. Judas Iscariot and the butcher, Barabbas, are among the suspects. Comforted by Yeshua, Amos airs the question that many have uttered in despair: “Why are nasty burdens laid upon nice people?”
In his search for answers, the abduction of Amos’ friend, Mary Magdalene, brings them in contact with Bedouins in the Negev. They discover that these nomads, too, search for clarity about the Messiah. At the Hanukkah feast, the Great One stuns Jews and Arabs alike with new perspectives on the first and second coming of the Messiah.
Amos soon witnesses how the worst is laid upon the best at the Place of the Skull. This seemingly tragic end of a good life spawns astounding blessings for Amos, his friends, and even his former enemies.
Jacob M. Van Zyl
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