Unique 3-Part Biblical Novel
Why I'm making this page about my unique Biblical novel:
In 2003, I completed work on a Biblical novel and it was published that year, but just re-published this month (March 2020) through WestBow Press. Although many Biblical novels have been written, I feel that mine is unique for several reasons. Thus, I'm making this page 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.
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain is about the early church and Simon the magician who sought to buy the Power of God. It attributes miraculas 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? No. 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.
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My Unique Biblical Novel:
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. See below for more reasons why my Biblical novel is uuique,
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?
What others are saying about "Of Such Is The Kingdom" (From the Reviews):
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
- The conversion of some of the main characters, through seeing the truth
You can get the eBook of PART I for FREE as a sample,
This #BookBubble https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/15307?share=tw has the 1st 4 sentences (to whet your appetite) and "Buy" links to most e-venues where the eBook is free. But the other 2 volumes are no longer available separately, so, you'll have to end up buying the complete 3-part edition. That eBook is $3.99.
Entire 3-Part edition re-published through WestBow Press.
This year, I decided to re-publish my complete Biblical novel with WestBow press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, and,thanks to their editorial assessment, it is completely revised, fact checked for historical accuracy, and fine-comb edited. And, with the new cover (below), it's practically a new book. The paperback price is $22.95, with the hardcover at $37.95, BUT, in a few weeks,when the offset print order is done, it will go down to $24.95 +S&H, BUT, I'm now taking pre-orders for signed hard cover copies at $16.99 + $3.00 S&H=19.99 You can easily order with credit card, debit card or PayPal via the secure PayPal link below:
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How I wrote 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 Biblical novel. I added more characters & 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.)
In 2005, I decided to revise and further expand this novel, adding a few more chapters to Parts I & II and expanding the Epilogue into Part III. I also added chapter titles and quotes at the beginning of each chapter