There Ariseth Light in the Darkness: A Novel of First Century Galilee
by JV Love
First edition May 2019 published by One Day Press
First century Galilee is not an ideal--or even particularly safe place--to live. Poverty, disease, and turmoil are part of everyday life. One must abide by not only the tyrannical rule of Herod and the Romans, but also strictly enforced Jewish customs.
Jonah, a skeptical Jew, struggles to protect his younger brother and his faltering faith from the misfortune and violence that stalk him. Vitus, a proud centurion, is forced to decide whether to crucify the profoundly wise first disciple of a revolutionary new rabbi. Azara, a headstrong Gentile, endures scorn and threats on her life as she fights for the rights of women and girls.
When Jonah, Vitus, and Azara are drawn to the tiny village of Capernaum, they encounter a mysterious rabbi who upends their lives with his remarkable teachings.
But will it be too late to save them from tragedy?