Unique 3-Part Biblical Novel
Why I'm making this page about my unique 3-Part Biblical novel:
When I say "My unique Biblical novel", I don't mean one that I own in my library, but one that I actually wrote. Yes, in 2003, I completed work on a Biblical novel and it was published that year. Although many Biblical novels have been written, I feel that mine is unique for several reasons. Thus, I'm making this page about my unique Biblical novel in order to raise awareness about my unique Biblical novel and why it is unique.
Some other Biblical Novels I have read:
Here are three other Biblical novels that I have either read or seen the movie of or both, and which may have helped to inspire me and give me some ideas for my Biblical novel, although all them pose extra-Biblical miracles, while mine does not: The first two take place in the time of Christ, as do the first 2 parts of my Biblical novel. The third is about the early church, as is part III of my Biblical novel.
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas is a captivating love story about one of the Roman soldiers who gambled for Christ's robe. It attaches miraculous power to the robe.
Ben Hur by Lew Wallace is another interesting story of a character who might have lived then. It also poses extra-Biblical miracles, in particular, the healing of Ben Hur's mother through the blood from the crucifixion of Christ.
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain is about the early church and Simon the magician who sought to buy the Power of God. I believe it also has some extra-Biblical miracles, attributing power to the chalice.
What Actually Is a Biblical Novel?
By now you might be wondering just what is a Biblical novel anyway? Is it a novel which, at any point refers to or quotes the Bible? Not exactly. A Biblical novel is actually a type of historical novel. 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 times at which the events recorded in the Bible took place and reflects one or more of these Biblical events to some extent.
The first two above take place in the time of Christ and reflect the gospel records to some extent, as do Parts I & II of my Biblical novel (below), while the last one takes place in the time of the early church and reflects the book of acts to some extent as does Part III of my Biblical novel (below)
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My Unique Biblical Novel: - AND WHY IT IS UNIQUE:
My unique Biblical Novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times" is a unique blend of stories of seekers from different walks of life who might have lived then. Unlike "The Robe," "Ben Hur," or "The Silver Chalice" (see above), this novel poses no extra-Biblical miracles, but use fiction to point to truth and points especially to the truth of the passion of Jesus and how it brings eternal salvation to those who accept it. This novel is also unique because it has a unique writing style combines poetry, straight dialogue and 1st person stream-of-consciousness narration with the 3rd person narrative.
Synopsis of my Biblical novel:
Step back into New Testament times--to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: 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. 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. Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod's territory. Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries twice to blackmail Herod, losing Claressa in the process. Will he win her back? Barabbas, also in need of more money, turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of the two beggars. Will the result be riches or disaster? Does redemption lie ahead, and at what cost to those who find it? Amid conflicts, suspicion, and treachery within the empire, what will be the reactions of the rulers to the new sect called Christians?
2 professional reviews of my Biblical novel.
REVIEW BY VIVIAN CRYSTAL of Crystal Reviews:
Beneath every human beings virtues and foibles, a singular hunger lies waiting for a revelation which will create a powerful direction that supersedes all other human goals. James M. Becher takes the reader back to the lifetime of Jesus Christ, into the homes, conversations, and deeds of ordinary and extraordinary individuals who were so deeply affected by the birth of this man.
Meet Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, who on one hand attempts to influence history by helping his brother to unseat Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator, and on the other hand who knows there is something more to life than the grasping machinations he plans and which his brother carries out.
Observe Pilate, the ruler who holds a most undesirable position of authority in a world so unlike the Rome he loves and whose spiritual wife attempts to influence her husband from committing acts sure to doom his political career and damn his all too human soul.
Watch Timotheus, a beggar, who is deeply affected by Jesus' appearances but whose openness is constantly redirected by his companion, Lucas's, desire for more money.
Finally, meet Barabbas, a simple blacksmith who is engaged to carry out a coup against Pilate and who turns to robbery after the political plot fails. ....The man whose death sentence replaces that of Barabbas continues to haunt him so much that he follows the condemned prisoner's path and demise to its very last moment.
Earthly plots fail and the horrendous dying process Jesus experiences...affects everyone involved in this momentous event.
Read this book to discover the fictional yet all too probable, and powerful, effect of one man sent to speak to the heart of every human being within this novel and those who read it.
REVIEW by Rudelle Thomas in the Divine Eloquence newsletter:
Of Such Is The Kingdom is a fictional novel based on Biblical truths. James Becher has artfully taken the events surrounding Jesus' time here on earth and told what could have been from each character's perspective. The story has a powerful message that has clearly been displayed throughout the novel. Mr. Becher takes you through a wide range of emotions from beginning to end. .... This is a great novel that I'm sure you will enjoy!
A complete list of why my Biblical Novel is unique:
- No extra-Biblical miracles
- A unique view as to who may have been behind the insurrection against Pilate
- A historical anachronism: The attribution of non-conformity to two of the characters
- The use of poetry interwoven into the narrative
- The use of straight dialogue at points
- The use of 3rd person stream-of-consciousness narrative for certain characters at certain points
- Points to the crucifixion of Jesus as the focal point and most significant event.
- The conversion of some of the main characters, through seeing the truth
"Of Such Is The Kingdom" is now a trilogy.
I decided to split Volume I:( Parts I & II) into 2 separate volumes, thus making the novel an actual trilogy (PART I: Discontent and Insurrection, PART II:Robbery and Redemption, & PART III: Power and Persecution), and making each volume more affordable. But, there is also now another option as you will soon see.
Option 1: You can get the first volume (PART I) from Amazon for only $7.74. Then get other two volumes later.
I then decided to re-publish the complete 3-part edition (All 3 parts in one volume) to give readers a choice. And, reduced the price even further than I had so your best bet, price-wise is to get the complete 3-part edition. By doing so you save $6.60, (The total for buying the three parts separately.is #23.75, and the 3-part edition is only $16.95.)
Option 2: Or you can save $6.60 and get the complete 3-part edition from Amazon for only $16.95
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How I came to write this unique Biblical novel:
In Jr. College, around the Easter season, I wrote a short story about one Biblical character from the time of Christ in particular. That story won 2nd prize in a magazine writing contest. Later, I decided to expand this story, and it became the basis for my Historical, Biblical novel, "Of Such is the Kingdom." I added more characters, including especially Manaheem the non-conformist half brother of Herod, & drew out the plot. I made a list of chapter titles, and then wrote a brief summary of each chapter. From there it was easy to expand the summaries into the complete chapter. I varied the style at various points, adding poems here and there and using straight dialogue in places and even writing in the first person as one of the characters at times (a sort-of-stream-of-consciousness style.) So the style of that particular work became rather eclectic.
Then, in 2005, I decided to revise and further expand this novel. I added a few more chapters to Part I and Part II and expanded the Epilogue into Part III. I also added chapter titles and quotes at the beginning of each chapter
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Option 3: You can get the eBook for less. My Biblical novel is also available as an eBook available in most e-venues.
My Biblical novel is also available as an ebook in most e-venues, including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and more. As an eBook, you can get PARTI, PART II, and PART III separately, Or,--and this is your best bet price wise,--you can get the complete 3-part 90,000+ word, 1002KB e-edition for less than the total price of the three separate volumes. The link below has the dedication and a related dream, and "Buy" links to the complete 3-part e-novel in most e-venues including Kindle.
The dedication + eBook links
- Dedication and dream - Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times 2nd ed. in 3parts - James M
Dedication and a relate dream + "Buy" links to the complete 3-part e-novel.