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Top 7 Best Biblical Novels

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Why I'm making this page on the top 7 best Biblical novels

First of all, I have been an avid reader of Biblical novels in my youth, but more importantly, because I am the author of a Biblical novel (See # 4 & #5 in the list), and as such I feel I am the best judge of what is good in a Biblical novel. Of course, I'm also making this page to help promote my 2 volume Biblical novel. And, I'm actually making this page as the result of a Squidquest challenge to make a number book lens in any genre. Thank you, Squidoo for giving me the imputes.

First of all, you may want to check out this neat article I found on the importance of serious fiction, and then this other article I found on the quality of Christian fiction.

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What is a Biblical Novel?

Just what is a Biblical Novel?

You might be wondering just what is a Biblical novel anyway? Is it a novel which at any point refers to the Bible or sites Biblical references? Not exactly.

A Biblical novel is actually a kind of historical novel - a type of historical fiction. It is a work of Biblical fiction, which is sub-genre of historical fiction. Thus a Biblical novel is actually a historical novel which takes place entirely in Biblical times or times at which the events recorded in the Bible took place and reflects one or more of these Biblical events to some extent. So, check out my list:

1.The Robe

This is a novel about a Roman Soldier who was involved in the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a well written and intriguing story of the effect of the death of Christ on one of the Roman soldiers, but has one fault: it gives magical power to the robe Jesus wore. This goes against the clear teaching of the Bible. So, I don't recommend it, but if you really want to read it, you can find it online.

2.Ben Hur

This is another well-written classic novel of the time of Christ, showing the effect His teachings and death had fictitiously on the lives of the main characters. This novel also poses an extra-Biblical miracle. The main character's relatives are miraculously healed by the blood of the dying Jesus. This opens the age-old debate as to whether or not there is healing in the atonement of Christ. Certainly, there is no mention in the Bible of anyone becoming physically healed through the blood of the crucified Christ. But it makes a nice story. So, if you really want, you can find it online.


4. Of Such Is The KIngdom, Parts I&II, A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire

This is the first volume of my now-split Biblical novel. Part I deals with the insurrection against Pontius Pilate and who may have really been behind it. Part II is about a resulting robbery attempt and covers the crucifixion and leads up to the resurrection

3.The Big Fisherman

This is another well-written novel which takes place in the time of Christ. It deals specifically with the life of one of Jesus' disciples, namely, Peter. I don't find anything wrong with this one. You can find it online.




Of Such Is The Kingdom, Parts I & II: A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire 3rd edition (Of Such Is The Kingdom,  A Novel of Biblical Times,  2nd edition in 3 parts) (Volume 1)
Of Such Is The Kingdom, Parts I & II: A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire 3rd edition (Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times, 2nd edition in 3 parts) (Volume 1)

What do a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek for something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike humility and faith required for true fulfillment. The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, helps Herod foment an insurrection against Pilate, using the blacksmith, Barabbas as leader, to the dismay of the latter's Godly but fearful wife. The Mendicant, a young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings.

NOTE: Unlike the first two Biblical novels listed above, in this novel, I pose NO extra-Biblical miracles, but simply point to the truth of the gospel. You can purchase it direct;y from Amazan by clicking "Buy now" below.

 

5. Of Such Is The Kingdom, Part III, A Novel of the Early Church and the Roman Empire

This is the Sequel to Parts I&II (above). It deals with the early Church through Acts 12, and the reaction of the worldly rulers to this new sect called Christians.

Of Such Is The Kingdom Part III: Power and Persecution, A Novel of the Early Church and the Roman Empire (Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times Book 2)
Of Such Is The Kingdom Part III: Power and Persecution, A Novel of the Early Church and the Roman Empire (Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times Book 2)

It picks up where the original left off keeping all the characters who were alive at the end and adding new ones, like Herod Agrippa and Caligula.

 

6.The Silver Chalice

This is another well-written novel of the early church and features Simon the Magician who, as the book of Acts tells us, sought to buy God's power. It's another well written Biblical novel although it does attribute some magical powers to the chalice, just as "The Robe" did to the robe.

7. Dear and Glorious Physician

This is novel of Dr.Luke, who accompanied Paul on his travels and wrote two books of the New Testament. This is another well written Biblical novel, with which I can find no fault.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      I will have to check some of these out for sure, especially #4 and beyond!