Frank Yerby is best known for his romantic novels based on the 19th century Southern States and was one of the earliest coloured writers to graduate from an American University.
This novel is a complete departure from his norm, and is an extremely well researched and presented account of the life of Jesus (Yeshua), from the aspect of a Jew from a wealthy family whose life becomes inextricably entangled with him because of a chance physical resemblance. The Roman and Jewish background is very detailed, with a wonderful author's list of sources and notes which shows the incredible amount of knowledge of the subject and the times and area in which it took place.
I have read and reread this book more times than I can remember, and it still holds a prominent place on my shelf after almost 50 years.
The possible logical explanations of the "miracles", and views on the characters of the disciples, Pilate, and his wife, Claudia Procula add spice to a wonderful dish which some may find not to their taste if their Christian beliefs are profound, but for the inquiring mind will be utterly captivated by the beauty of the narrative and Frank Yerby's sheer class as a master storyteller.