Rivkah and Shemu’el are young shepherds. This story opens by giving us a glimpse into their life in first century Israel. One night they are visited by angels that tell them of the birth of a child. Their experience that night, meeting the baby promised to be Messiah impacts them in a way that will influence their entire lives.
This is not a re-telling of the life of Jesus, it is a story of ordinary people who witnessed some of the key events of the gospels, and how it affected their lives. Jesus, Mary and Joseph make occasional “cameo appearances” in the story, but ultimately it is about Rivkah and Shemu’el.
This book kept me on the edge, as events conspire to shatter the lives of the protagonists. We follow their struggles, their fears and their hopes. We read through the story, anxiously waiting to see if hope and joy can be restored.
Witness is very thoroughly researched. You really get the sense of stepping into a real world – a taste of what life was like in those days. E.G. Lewis draws not only on Biblical sources but much history of the day including the Jewish historian Josephus.
I thorougly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment of the character’s lives.
You can connect with the author, E.G. Lewis at his blog: Sowing the Seeds.