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Jesus - a true story

by Ruth Keable

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"Jesus - a true story" by Ruth Keable

  • ISBN-10: 0-901860-41-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-41-5
  • Price: £5.99 (UK); $9.99 (USA)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publication date: 1 December 2006
  • Author: Ruth Keable
  • Illustrator: Norman Hutton
  • Edition: 1st
  • Height: 216 mm
  • Width: 140 mm
  • Spine width: 6.579mm
  • Weight: 148.322g
  • Pages: 108 pages
  • Illustrations: 20 black & white line drawings; 4-colour cover
  • BIC Subject heading: HRBB; YHRX
  • Place of publication: Morpeth, England
  • Publisher: Scripture Truth
  • Distributor: Lightning Source

Short description

Ruth Keable has spent many years working on the staff of Christian summer youth camps, where she has listened to questions about the life of Jesus from young people and provided considered and comprehensible answers. Now she has brought these answers together in a readable new retelling for young teenagers of the enthralling life of Jesus.

Long description

"I think I have heard the name before," said a young girl the other day. Would that have been your reply, if asked what you knew about Jesus? Or perhaps you've heard the name as a swear word; or, maybe you think Jesus did not exist (though featuring in Roman history). What did Jesus do and say? And how do the various accounts fit together?

Ruth Keable has two teenage daughters and has told them about the life of Jesus from an early age. She has also spent many years working on the staff of Christian summer youth camps, where she has listened to many questions about Jesus from young people and provided considered and comprehensible answers. Now she has brought these answers together in sequence in a readable new retelling of the enthralling life of Jesus.

The book is intended to give young teenagers a first insight into the life of Jesus. It is Ruth's hope that it will inspire them to move on to study the whole narrative in the Bible for themselves.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Bibliography
Notes

Author biography

Ruth Keable lives in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with her husband, John, and her younger daughter. Her older daughter is currently studying at university in Manchester, where Ruth grew up. She wrote this book while both her daughters were younger and she was working part-time in a local school.

The book is intended to give young teenagers a first insight into the life of Jesus. It is Ruth's hope that it will inspire them to move on to study the whole narrative in the Bible for themselves.

An Extract from the First Chapter

Chapter One

Mary and Joseph were an ordinary Jewish couple who lived in Nazareth, a quiet little town in the hills of Galilee. They were engaged to be married, and, in those days, this was a solemn commitment. Any breach of it was classed as adultery, and it could only be ended by divorce. One night, God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Mary. "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you," he said (Luke 1:28). Mary was understandably startled, and so Gabriel told her not to be afraid for she had found favour with God. She had been chosen to bear a son, and she was to call him Jesus. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:32-33). The angel was telling Mary to expect a very special baby. Mary was probably only a teenager, but she handled the situation remarkably well, no doubt on account of her strong faith. She believed what the angel had told her, but wondered how this was possible, for she was not yet married, and was still a virgin. The angel explained that her child would be conceived through the Holy Spirit, as this was God's Son, not Joseph's. He also told her that her cousin Elisabeth was six months pregnant, which was another miracle, as she was old, and infertile. We have to remember that nothing is impossible for God. It was true in the past and it is true now.

Mary immediately went to stay with Elisabeth, who lived in Judah. She had decided that it was best not to mention to Joseph about her meeting with the angel. She would tell him later. When Mary entered Elisabeth's house, she greeted her cousin. Elisabeth's baby leaped in her womb, and the Holy Spirit led her to declare that Mary was going to be the mother of the Lord. She felt privileged to have her in the house. The two women then spent several happy weeks talking about their expected babies. They were both very special babies; Mary's was the promised Messiah, and Elisabeth's would tell the people that Jesus was coming soon and he would baptise them. Elisabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. The two women were able to reassure each other, and they praised God together for his goodness. Mary left just before Elisabeth had her baby and she returned to Nazareth, and went to find Joseph.

Joseph was devastated when he found out that Mary was pregnant. He did not believe Mary's story about the angel, or the conception being due to the Holy Spirit. He decided to divorce her quietly, to cause as little upset as possible, but Mary was upset. She knew that she had told Joseph the truth. Joseph wanted to believe her but he just couldn't, so to reassure him, the Lord sent him a dream. In the dream, Joseph saw an angel, who told him to go ahead with his marriage to Mary. She had been telling the truth. She would have a son, but this was God's Son, and he was to be called Jesus. The angel reminded Joseph that the prophet Isaiah foretold that this would happen, years before. "The virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). When he awoke, Joseph felt much better, and he and Mary were married shortly afterwards.

A few months later, not long before the baby was due, Joseph and Mary had to travel down to Judea. The Romans were compiling a register of all the people in their empire, and everyone had to go to the town or city nearest to where their family was from. Joseph and Mary were both descendants of David, and Bethlehem was the place where they had to go. It was five miles south of Jerusalem. They may have been relieved to get away from Nazareth for a while, as it is unlikely that many people there believed that Mary was still a virgin. The plan may have been to settle in Bethlehem, and have a fresh start there. The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem took three days on foot, and maybe longer if the winter weather was bad. When at last they arrived at their destination, probably late in the day, they could not find any accommodation. The town was full of people like themselves, who had come to register their names, and all the available rooms were occupied. However, one kind innkeeper allowed Joseph and Mary to shelter in his stable. It was here, on a cold December night [1] that Mary gave birth to her son. She wrapped him in some cloths, and laid him down to sleep in a manger, which was an animals' feeding trough. The Son of God had been born in the humblest of circumstances.

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