The Wife of John the Baptist by K. Ford K.Hessa has an unusual talent. She can tell a person’s innermost secrets by touching them with her intuitive hands. As the daughter of a rich, Greek trader living in Judea, Hessa is taught to be the spinner of her future husband’s fate, and share his fate to her death.
Hessa and her maids often play a game in which she touches people’s hands to learn their secrets. Then one day, they encounter a stranger named John, a charismatic, young man who is rumored to be a prophet. He is taller than most men, but the most striking thing about him is that he has the beautiful, dark eyes of a wild girl.
Hessa’s maid whispers in her ear, “I dare you to find a reason to touch his hand.”
This one sentence plunges Hessa into the terrifying reality of Roman-occupied Judea, where elderly priests are murdered, Zealot rebels are beheaded and even innocent women and children are slaughtered and forgotten.
Running away to marry John, Hessa finds that everyone demands something of him, from the mystery cults living along the Jordan, to the rough Zealots who want him to lead them in a war against Rome. But only Hessa knows the secrets of this mysterious man known as John the Baptist.
In this intimate portrayal of a marriage, rich storytelling combined with epic history give us an unforgettable story, as only the wife of John the Baptist can tell it.
The Wife of John the Baptist
So even after we were married, people continued to say that John lived alone in the wilderness When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave. Although John spent part of his eventful life alone in the rough wilderness, he was often surrounded by anywhere from thirty to seventy disciples, some of whom wanted John to lead them in an all out war against Rome. Roman-occupied Judea was a crossroads filled with colorful people from far-flung corners of the world and many traveled great distances just to hear John speak. The Judea of John the Baptist was the kind of rich, turbulent environment where innovative thought and cultural movements are often born.
She was a Jewish princess and the ruler of Galilee. Herodias was a Jewish princess. However, this problem did not seem to become an obstacle to them. They divorced their spouses and married each other in 27 A. Historians assume that the reason why Herodias married Herod Antipas was for ambitious reasons. Herod Antipas was the ruler of Galilee and Perea.
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This book is in EasyEnglish Level B. Use the links below for other online Bible Study books and commentaries that will help you. - After a period of desert solitude, John the Baptist emerged as a prophet in the region of the lower Jordan River valley. He had a circle of disciples , and Jesus was among the recipients of his rite of baptism.
He is sometimes alternatively called John the Baptizer. He is called a prophet by all of these faiths, and is honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. According to the New Testament , John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself  and Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus ,  since John announces Jesus' coming. John is also identified as the spiritual successor of the prophet Elijah. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi- ascetic Essenes , who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism,  although no direct evidence substantiates this. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus   and some scholars believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John.
So even after we were married, people continued to say that John lived alone in the wilderness…. History and fiction merge beautifully in K. Ford K. Hessa, the daughter of a rich Greek trader, has an unusual talent, but in preparation for her marriage to a wealthy man, she is taught that she will have no real destiny of her own. But when Hessa meets a charismatic, young man named John, who is rumored to be a prophet, she falls in love and runs away to marry him. Thrown into the turmoil of Roman-occupied Judea, Hessa struggles to protect her husband, but what if her actions unwittingly lead to the destiny she fears most?