Son of Mary is Book 1 in the Crown of Thorns series by R. S. Ingermanson.
It’s about one of the most creative concepts I’ve ever heard of: what if, instead of thousands of years ago, the Incarnation happened in modern Palestine?
Even though I knew the basic plot, this book was so exciting I couldn’t stop reading it, and finished all 565 pages in one day!
And the author is obviously familiar with the environment, culture, and language and portrays them well.
My only complaint is that the other two books in the series haven’t been published yet and I don’t like having to wait for them, even though I know what the outcome will be.