The Twelfth Prophecy
Pregnant out of wedlock to her aged fifth husband, Samaritan Abigail is cast out and threatened with stoning. Years pass, she raises her child against all odds but with the help of a Roman centurion (is he the one whose servant gets healed in the Gospels? I longed for that story to be included, too) and finally accepts Jesus at the well to which she went so often and was sometimes forbidden. All this is bracketed by what must be an ongoing tale of manuscript translation and intrigue, promises of imminent rapture in modern-day London.
What prophecy has to do with this book is difficult to see for one not up on the latest Revelations, except that this is the twelfth in the Thoenes’ series of inspirational novels set in the time of Christ. Lots of passive victimhood for our heroine, and the actual ritual and traditional differences between Jews and Samaritans are frustratingly skimpy – that would be a sidetrack in a Christian tract. The authors provide a lot of material to dig “Deeper into the Twelfth Prophecy” – 60 of the 289 pages, leaving a minimal story, even with its thin plotline. The pious questions at the end might be useful for a Bible study group or even individual study, since they leave plenty of space for an individual reader to fill in her own answers.