The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ by Chris Seepe

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Jesus Christ is about to start a revolution—but it’s not the one he had in mind!

In The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ, opposing forces attempt to maneuver Jesus as a pawn in a conspiracy to overthrow Rome’s second emperor, Tiberius Caesar Augustus.

Joseph Caiaphas, high priest and representative of the Judean people, secretly works to manipulate his own high council, the Sanhedrin, and the Romans into executing Jesus, the prophesied Messiah, to inflame the Judean people into rebelling against Rome.

Meanwhile, encouraged by Jesus’ words, ‘I did not come to bring peace but a sword, to set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother,’ (Matthew 10: 34-35), the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, secretly wants Jesus to become the Judean people’s military leader and lead them into an uprising against Rome.

Pilate and Caiaphas have been separately coerced by Lucius Aelius Sejanus, the most powerful man in the Roman Empire, into inciting an uprising in Judea. Tension builds as both men face off in one of history's most famous planned miscarriages of justice.

With one minor exception, the Bible says nothing about Jesus’ life before he began his ministry. In The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ, you follow Jesus on his journey from toddler to teenager, explorer to preacher, and eventually prophet of God.

No story has ever linked Sejanus with the execution of Jesus. In The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ, a new and original plot unfolds as the exact same biblical events are driven by entirely new and plausible motivations of Pilate and Caiaphas. The startling conclusion will leave you contemplating many of the still hotly debated religious concepts in this could-have-been historical fiction.

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“Can a heart-thumping suspense thriller revolve around the life of Jesus Christ? Seepe’s debut novel does just that ... takes the reader for a powerful ride, while the familiarity of the story and recognizable characters add to the intrigue. ... weaves details of first-century society into the suspense, which builds tension and lends authenticity to the plot. Jesus’ first-person account amounts to an exceptional portrait of his developing comprehension of his own divinity, along with his struggles to reconcile his human nature. An intriguing premise with some excellent writing ...”— Kirkus Reviews


“We forget at our peril that Jesus was a political figure as well as a religious teacher, and the real power behind the Roman emperor at the time was Sejanus. Sejanus was very much interested in Middle Eastern politics and he had his spies and representatives there. Jesus got caught up in the power politics of his time and his ‘Kingdom of God coming soon’ message threatened the Roman establishment. Seepe’s intriguing book takes us into the realpolitik of the time and so places Jesus’ message and mission in its Roman context. It’s an important contribution to uncovering the Jesus of history.” — Barrie Wilson, Professor, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto and author of How Jesus Became Christian
 

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Published May 6, 2012 by Synchronopedia Corp.. 283 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story levels off, though, halfway through, and the story seems to rush to the end.

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