After Yeshua of Nazareth has raised his friend El'azar from the dead, news of Yeshua travels fast and the Sanhedrin begin their plot to kill him. Despite the danger, Yeshua and his followers begin the journey to Jerusalem for Passover. Meanwhile, Zachai the tax collector (Zacchaeus), the most hated man in Judea, longs to be a part of the Jewish society that he has been cut off from due to his profession. He falls into despair, believing God can't hear him and that he will always be alone. Simona, a leper who was healed by Yeshua but remains cut off from society to live in the sycamore grove, shows compassion to Zachai and tells him of Yeshua. Zachai begins his quest to find Yeshua in hopes that this man can heal his heart, just as he healed Simona's leprosy.
Unabridged | 8 CDs | 9.5 Hours | Read by Sean Barrett
Zachai, the chief tax collector of Jericho, is the most hated man in all of Judea. Outside the walls of his estate, he’s surrounded by four giant Nubian bodyguards. But at night he’s a prisoner of his aching heart. What would it be like to be loved? to have a family? Shimona, a former leper from the Valley of Mak’ob, returns to her hometown of Jericho to proclaim that Yeshua has healed her. When no one believes her story, she is shunned and sent to live alone as the caretaker of a grove of sukomore fig trees. Month after month she holds on tightly to hope in the midst of her loneliness. A former prince among the Nubian tribes, Salmon was betrayed and sold into slavery. Now one of the few treasures he hashis little daughter Marishais dying. Salmon has heard stories of Yeshua’s miracles. But would the Great Shepherd have mercy on a sheep that’s outside Israel’s flock? Each day Marisha grows weaker...
"Zacchaeus, chief tax collector of Jericho, is the most hated man in all of Judea but also one of the richestand the loneliest. Well known for his despicable collection measures, he has four giant Nubian bodyguards who surround him for protection during the day. But at night he feels shunned and alone. Zacchaeus doesn't know God, but he prays to the "God who doesn't see me" as insurance. Sean Barrett's subtle rendering and textured characterizations transport listeners to the time before Christ's crucifixion. Especially dramatic is his portrayal of the scene between Zacchaeus and Shimona's father, who bargains to use his daughter as payment for his debt. Music breaks and realistic sounds of market vendors, ringing bells, and Jewish and Arab accents add to the authenticity of the story."
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