Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture

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A Powerful Novelization from Bestselling Author Angela Hunt

Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth--and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.

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ISBN-13: 9781441230416
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 450,567
File size: 3 MB

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The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. Learn more at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Risen by Angela Hunt is a historical fiction novel based on the movie “Risen” by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. The story is told by Roman soldier Clavius and his Jewish lover, Rachel. Rachel is a widow who bakes and sells bread. Her parents have past away and her husbands parents want her to marry their younger son, whom she does not want to marry. The main character in the story is Clavius, a Roman tribune. He was ordered by Pilate to make sure the 3 men being crucified would die that day . Two days after Jesus's death, guards are put outside the tomb to guard it as Jesus said he would rise on the third day. The Roman's did not want anyone to take his body. The guards fell asleep and were waken by the noise of the tomb opening up. When Jesus's disappearance is discovered, the Roman soldiers are instructed to find the body and the disciples to see who took the body. The soldiers are told to check all the bodies of people who had died the previous week, even digging them up. It is hard to recognize who the bodies are so they go by the scars from the crown of thorns, the hands and feet and the sword piercing in the side as well as the legs are not broken. Clavius struggles with how the tomb was opened, the ropes were torn apart, not cut and the weight of the stone covering the opening was very heavy. Being a non-Christian, he also starts to question his beliefs and those spoke by Rachel and the Jewish believers. This is a really good book. It is a fictional story of what may have happened after Jesus's death and what it may have been like for the people at the time . The story gives us a glimpse into the life at that time. Not everything in the story is biblical and the author explains that in her remarks at the end of the book. She also gives a listing of the times recorded in the Bible that Jesus returned after his death. The book starts out slow but once the story gets started it is a fast moving story. Jesus is referred to by his Hebrew name “Yeshua” in the book. I was given this book by The Book Club Network, the author and publishing company for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel Risen tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ or Yeshua from the perspective of a Roman soldier Clavius. Well written and poignant in its description of the events surrounding the Resurrection, author Angela Hunt creates a story of passion and fear much like it must have been for the true believers who witnessed Yeshua’s resurrection and surrounding events first hand. A hardened soldier, Clavius finds himself drawn to a young Jewish widow Rachel. Clavius and Rachel both meet believers in the resurrected Lord and find themselves drawn to understand more about Yeshua and his small band of devoted followers. Rachel feels compelled to join with the believers as they teach her that the prophecies of Isaiah she believed as child have found fulfillment in Yeshua’s teachings, death, and resurrection. Clavius, on the other hand, is compelled to seek out the believers because of his direct command from the prefect Pilot to find the missing body to prevent political upheaval. Both Clavius and Rachel are authentic and approachable as they share their stories. Riveting in its historical detail and poignant in its emotional portrayal of the varied people who witnessed Yeshua’s resurrection, Risen tells again in touching and vivid details the story surrounding the most profound event in the history of this world. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Risen by Angela Hunt for my candid review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This story is the novelization account of the crucifixion to the ascension of Jesus Christ. It follows the biblical writings quite accurately with some added human drama. The story is told from the perspective of Clavius, a Roman tribune, and a young Jewish widow. It also involves the disciples as well as the regular followers of Jesus during His ministry years. Clavius had been assigned by Pilate to guard Jesus’ body so when Jesus arose from the dead, they believed it had been stolen and Clavius began an intense investigation. These events led to his personal quest for the truth. The answers he found not only changed him but changed the world. This powerful story was written from the screenplay of the motion picture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who takes an interest in the life of christ specifically between the time that he was betrayed and arrested to the time of the resurrection. Some of the stuff in this book I didn't know about. I haven't seen the movie yet but I am disappointed that due to time constraints they say that the female role of rachel had to be cut out of the story. I think she played such a big part in his spiritual journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie, the book has more story. Very Nice read!
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
From Roman Pig to Jesus's Sheep... I loved this powerful,emotional book by Angela Hunt. A novelization of the motion picture by Paul Aiello and Kevin Reynolds, it contained a lot of brutality that was present at the time of Jesus's crucifixion. In fact, the main character, Clavius, is a Roman Tribune who has hardened himself to the death he sees and causes in Judea by the phrase,"Rome is always right." When Jesus's tomb is found empty, Clavius is commissioned to discover where His body could be and who could have removed it. Rachel, a young Jewish widower, is the other narrator in this moving tale told in the first person pov. Rachel is looking for peace and love, but uncertain whether she can find either in Clavius. Clavius brings in persons of interest to question regarding people claiming to see Jesus, post-resurrection. One old, blind woman, Miriam,asks Clavius, '"Don't you want to know what He said?"... "Of course." "He said a grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies produces much fruit." Her face glowed with confidence. "You're too late to stop the harvest." ' My thoughts on the story itself: The Scriptures used fit into place well, although some of what Jesus said was actually spoken before His death. I was impressed by the research that went into the project. The story flowed well between the two narrators, and the action kept me quickly turning pages. It was easy to identify with the characters, and to hope that they would eventually identify with the Messiah. I was not expecting the ending. If you like Biblical fiction, this is a great book to flesh out the Scripture! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Risen by Angela Hunt is a novelization of the movie by the same title. The screenplay, written by Kevin Reynolds, was based on a story by Paul Aiello. It is a fictionalization of what happens after the death of Jesus and the quest for answers. This 320 page paperback book is well written and detailed. The story flows well and even though I knew it from a biblical standpoint, it still was very interesting. I kept wanting to read more. It took me back to the sights, sounds, and feelings of ancient days. The history was well done and drew me in. Using the viewpoints of two very different people, the story is told by Clavius, one of Pontious Pilate’s tribunes and Rachel, a Jewish bread baker and widow. Both characters are very well developed with opposite personalities. Each have a distinctly different position on Jesus and His resurrection. This book is biblically based, but there have been some creative liberties taken. It has mystery, romance, intrigue, history, and inspiration. It is a story of questions, beliefs, love, struggles and enlightenment. Clavius is a loyal soldier to Rome. He has been taught and believes Rome is always right. No questions asked. Always right. He worships a pagan god. His job was to guard the tomb so that the followers of Jesus would not steal His body. When Jesus arises, Clavius then tries to track the body down. He questions a variety of familiar people to bible readers, Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Anna, Herod, and some of the disciples. Clavius is a strong, tough character, just like you would imagine a Roman soldier would be. He has a few encounters with Jesus, some that will leave you questioning them. Rachel is a widow whose in-laws want her to marry their other son. They try to take her home with them. She prefers to remain in her house and support herself by baking bread. About Jesus, Rachel is merely searching for the truth. Who is this Jesus? Could He be the Son of God. Rachel has an encounter with Jesus and even follows Him to Golgatha. Her character is sweet and tender. I have not seen the movie yet but am eager to now. This would be a good book for most any adult to read. There are some things not appropriate for children. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it, just to adults. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! Not only is it a great action movie it also has a hidden message that very true about Jesus.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Risen, by Angela Hunt, is a historical fiction based upon the story by Paul Aiello. The time of Christ’s Crucifixion and events thereafter are realistically told through the eyes of His disciples and two fictional characters. Roman Tribune Clavius oversees the Crucifixion and the subsequent burial and then is assigned by Pilate to find the body of Yeshua, thought stolen by the disciples. As he investigates and then associates with the believers, his quest for truth radically affects him. The other fictional character, Rachel, a young Jewish widow, also is searching for spiritual truth. Having rejected the marriage offer of her late husband’s seventeen-year-old brother, she chooses to live alone and to support herself, selling loaves of home-baked bread. An encounter with the Christ on His way to the cross and subsequent testimonies of believers causes her to pursue the truth. The Roman Tribune Clavius frequents Rachel’s stall to buy bread and is drawn to her beauty. The two become involved for a time but grow apart, only to cross paths later on their search for truth. This compelling story brings to life the events of the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and more. True to scriptures, the story presents the gospel that has the power to change lives—no matter how lost, hard, or broken. Angela Hunt is a master at recreating Biblical stories. I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I love books that “put me there” in the midst of the story, especially at Christmas and Easter. Risen, by Angela Hunt, does just that. It is about a tribune in the Roman army who is there at the crucifixion and burial of Christ, then is assigned to investigate the disappearance of his body three days later. He is amused by the testimonies people give of their association with Jesus, and is perplexed by the mystery, until he meets Jesus himself. This book is the novelization of the movie of the same title, released in early 2016. At this writing, I have not seen the movie, so I cannot compare the two. However, I know the account of the Easter story well, and when this book kept me asking, “What happens next?” you know it’s a good book. Angela Hunt tells a compelling story that is full of well-researched details of the time. The characters are well-developed, and the story is fast-paced. I give this book a 5-star rating and recommend it for women and men. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible biblical fiction story! The characters of Clavius and Rachel are fictional and extremely well developed. I really enjoyed both of them and seeing their different viewpoints following the crucifixion of Christ. Their backgrounds are clearly described and how they are affected by events is easy to understand. I was captivated by the story and completely caught up in reading how Clavius’ search for truth would play out. I am fascinated by the ability of writers to take biblical accounts and add depth and descriptions to them. Knowing the story from the bible itself didn’t take anything out from my interest in reading this book. I credit that to the ability of both the writer of the screenplay and Angela Hunt to weave a magical story. This is the first time that I have read a novelization of a motion picture before ever seeing the movie. I look forward to seeing the movie to see what additions were made in this book to make it novel length. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors so when I learned she wrote the novelization of the movie, I was ecstatic and had to read it! While the story is on the redundant side, it’s always fascinating to imagine the resurrection of Jesus Christ through a tribune’s eyes. I have not seen the movie so I cannot compare the book towards it. However, I have heard that the movie is good but lacks in the scriptural content. Angela Hunt uses tons of scripture references (but not overwhelming!) and lots of historical context. She also includes a bibliography of her sources that can be found at the back of the book. When it comes to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it sounds pretty crazy. I mean, how on earth can that happen? People don’t just come back to life unless it’s in a movie or something, right? Except, Jesus actually did. When it comes to the fact that Jesus literally and physically died and will return again caused unbelievers to not understand and Jews would have to admit that they completely missed the messiah that they had been waiting for. Told in first person, but with alternating points of view. The characters and plot are completely fictional, but Hunt spent hours researching what an investigation of Jesus rising from the dead might have looked like. Being a Tribune means that Clavius is surrounded by death and can be cruel. He doesn’t believe in God. Clavius also has a fascination with Rachel who teaches him about God, and eventually Jesus Christ. He is responsible for having put Jesus Christ upon the cross. When it’s discovered that the body is missing, Clavius goes on a hunt only to discover more questions to his answers. As Clavius searches for the truth, he wrestles with the following objections: •The disciples stole Jesus’ body and lied about it. •Jesus wasn’t really dead when they took him down from the cross, but actually revived later on. •The guards were hallucinating or lying in their second report about angels. •Jesus’ followers imagined Jesus was alive because they so badly wanted him to be. And many other objections as well. Exploring these what if’s are kind of fun because it makes you stop and think. Especially during the time that this happened. My favorite character is probably Rachel. You can only find her within the pages of this novel. She was supposed to be in the movie as well, but had to be cut for time constraints. She’s a widow who bakes bread for a living. There is romance between her and Clavius. Rachel also learns that Yeshua (Jesus) is the long-awaited Messiah, but she is not sure whether or not she believes. Little do they know that this experience is going to change their lives forever. In fact, it will impact our lives! It’s well written with lots of truth, but I struggled with it because it is redundant. I can’t recommend going to the movie because I haven’t seen it yet, but I can definitely recommend the book. In fact, I recommend this for anyone that struggles with the idea of Jesus’ Resurrection or is curious to know more about it. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The year is AD 33 and turmoil has been brewing in Jerusalem. It is Passover week and Jerusalem is thronging with Jewish worshipers who have come to offer sacrifice in the temple. Jerusalem is under the control of the Roman empire and the citizens are not the least bit pleased. Among the people who are considered to be rabble rowsers and threats to peace are Yeshua Barabas and Yeshua the Nazarene. Barabas is an insurgent who wants to release the Jews from Roman rule by violence. Yeshua the Nazarene is a gentle teacher who can perform miracles. The Jews called for the Nazarene’s death and he is crucified. Front and center in this novel is Clavius a Roman tribune who is charged with ensuring that the King of the Jews does not rise. Skeptical and intelligent Clavius digs for the truth as the body of the Messiah is missing from the tomb. His investigation raises more questions than answers. Can the truth be discerned? I have read the Bible many times and know the story of the Atonement and the Resurrection of Christ. The writing made it seem as if I was there watching the scenes unfold. How would I have reacted to the man claiming to be the Son of God had I been there? I learned a lot about Jerusalem and the lifestyles of the Jews and the Romans. I will admit that it was hard to put down. This novel is also a movie of the same name. I am hoping to go see it since it seemed so realistic. I would give this book 5 of 5 stars. I am thinking of recommending it as a book to read next year in our women’s book club. I would like to thank the publishers of Bethany House for giving me the opportunity to read and own this book. I do appreciate it.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
RISEN A novel by Angela Hunt, Based on the story by Paul Aiello Screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello The novelization of the major motion picture. The book starts when the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) is taking place and the book is able the search for the body of Yeshua to prove that Yeshua has not risen from the dead and alive as the believers are saying. Clavius, the Roman tribune, ordered by Pilate to find the body so the rumors would end. Clavius is determined to find the truth and interviews many that knew Yeshua and had part in the crucifixion. The author uses most of the details from the four gospels in the story making it very true to the Gospels. Through many interviews and searching the facts, what Clavius discovers is more than he had hoped for. Other characters of the story: Rachel, the Jewish woman, Lucius, Clavius’s helper assigned by Pilate, and many people from the Gospel story are included. I found the story of great interest and an actual version of the Biblical account, just from a different view. This is great fiction based on Biblical facts. The book would be, in my opinion, a great resource for a family or small group discussion book. Another use could be to compare it with the Gospel account. I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Sydney More than 1 year ago
Most of us know the story of the week leading up to Jesus’s Crucifixion. We know about the hours on the cross, the three days in the tomb, and the Resurrection on Sunday. This all pretty much comes from the point of view of his followers, of course. But what about all the other people in Jerusalem at the time? How did they see all of this? Risen In this novelization of the new major motion picture, we follow Roman Tribune Clavius from Good Friday on. Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas worry that Yeshua’s followers will sneak into the cemetery in the middle of the night and steal the body, then spread the story that Yeshua has indeed risen from the dead. No body = no proof that he didn’t! Pilate is under increasing pressure to keep the peace in Jerusalem, which grows harder to do during the Passover feast and with magicians, messiahs, and rebels around every corner. Clavius, in fact, has just come from quelling a rebel uprising when he meets with Pilate at the beginning of the story. The book follows Clavius as he is sent on the mission first to prevent the body of Yeshua from being stolen, and then to recover the body (soon, because after a few days decomposition begins to make them indistinguishable from similar corpses) and apprehend those responsible. The mystery novel feel is a fun, interesting way to venture through this. We don’t only follow Clavius, however. There is a young Jewish widow, Rachel, who bakes bread for her living. She witnessed Yeshua’s mile long walk to Golgotha, watched his Crucifixion, and has begun asking questions about him – very carefully, of course – to try and satisfy her curiosity. Just discussing him with another person might bring the wrong type of attention upon her, which is something she certainly doesn’t need… especially as she has developed a relationship with none other than Clavius. I really enjoyed this book. I always appreciate when I can read “the other side” of events, and author Angela Hunt brings this to life very nicely. A bonus bit of appreciation here: the use of Jesus’s Hebrew name, Yeshua, was a total plus for me, It enabled me to not stop and think “Oh, this is a Bible story” nearly every time I read his name, simply because of that little change. (It also lent more of a historical flavor to the story as well.) If you are in want of a good Easter-season book, try this one out. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. This book was sent to me by the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review – which is what you see here! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Risen is also the name of a movie being released this month. The subtitle for this book is "The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture." Book and movie are based on a story by Paul Aiello and screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. Usually the book comes out first, and the movie follows if the book is popular. In this case, the book and movie released about the same time. Interesting marketing move. The story takes place during the week of Jesus' crucifixion. It revolves around two characters. Clavius is a Roman tribune, who was present when Jesus died. Rachel is a Jewish widow who supports herself by baking bread for the community. Clavius reports to Pontius Pilate, and he is charged with finding Jesus' body when it goes missing. There's an illicit romance between Rachel and Clavius, I suppose to add spice. Rachel has heard that Jesus (Yeshua) is the long-awaited Messiah, but she does not know whether she believes it or not. As Clavius investigates the disappearance of the body, he must speak with Jesus' followers as well as his enemies. As the promotional material says, Clavius does not realize that this experience will change him (and Rachel) forever. In the beginning, I was a little distracted by the romance between Clavius and Rachel. I wanted to get on with the story. That's a problem with using Biblical events for fictional stories. The reader knows how events unfold, but he or she won't know how the fictional characters are affected. Author Angela Hunt has a master's degree in Biblical Studies and a PhD in theology. She writes Biblical fiction that makes you feel like you're there with the characters. She takes some liberties with the story, but she explains why in the book's notes. I don't know if I will see the movie or not. I'm a bookworm, not a movie-goer. I wonder how many people will see the movie because they loved the book, though. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
While this book is not 100% biblically accurate, the liberties taken are very minor. Angela Hunt added a few characters in order to make the movie flow. At the end of the novel she gives a list of the changes made and explains why she did it. She gives scripture references, which I found to be very through. I felt the biblical tie-ins were well chosen. The characters used and stories given were well known and helped the reader to understand how it tied in biblically. I’m counting the days until February 19th! Go see this movie opening weekend, let’s send Hollywood a message. We want more Christian films.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
"Risen" captures the Roman soldiers view of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. This book is based on the historical fiction of the movie "Risen". Angela Hunt takes us into the lives of her made up people and mixes them with some real giving us a unique view of the bible as it may have happened for people. I liked how easy it was to relate to the people in her book. Can we as believers even fathom how it would have been to look upon our Savior? This book shows how an encounter with Jesus can change the lives of even the most unlikely people. Clavius is in charge of guarding the body of Jesus by Pilate. They don't want anyone trying to steal away the body. Then out of nowhere the body goes missing even with the guards in place. What is Clavius to do? He searches everywhere. He is becoming desperate and lonely. Meanwhile Rachel is desperately searching too but not for the body but something else. Two worlds collide when Clavius and Rachel become close and try and fill their loneliness in each others arms. They know it is wrong and what happens next will alter both of them forever. This book is filled with action, discover, and finally clarity. You will not want to stop reading once you start. I look forward to seeing the movie. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.