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Unique Biblical Novel
Why I'm making this page about my unique 2 volume 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, I am a published author. In 2003, I completed work on a Biblical novel and it was published that year through PublishAmerica. Although many Biblical novels have been written, I feel that mine is unique for several reasons (to be revealed) Thus, I'm making this page about my unique Biblical novel in order to raise awareness online about my unique Biblical novel and why it is unique and thereby hopefully generate some sales for my unique Biblical novel.
NOTE: This novel is now split in two, both in print and eBook versions, and the complete 3 part version is no longer in print, and thus no longer available, except for old copies which may still be on Amazon or eBay or as an ebook.
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 two immediately below take place in the time of Christ, as does parts I & II of my Biblical novel.
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas:
This 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 Walice:
Here 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.
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 the Bible, or in which one or more of the characters quotes Bible verses? 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 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.
The two above take place in the time of Christ and reflect the gospel records to some extent, as does Parts I&II of my Biblical novel (below), while the one below 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.
Also I recently revised and expanded this novel to include the early church through Acts 12. I also recently spit it into two volumes, so the original 3 part edition pictured above is no longer in print. Here is the first volume, which is complete in itself.:
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; 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.
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. On the one hand he is portrayed as any ordinary crook but on the other hand has the same innate needs that will promise less futile struggling and more peacefulness and security. 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, accompanied by a desperate plea to God, compassionate words, and a moving surrender to his mission, 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 characters 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. As you turn the final pages having just been taken through Jesus' last days on earth, you are left not only feeling grateful for what He's done for us, but also hopeful and joyful, knowing that the Gospel of Jesus Christ affects and changes the lives of all who hears it. This is a great novel that I'm sure you will enjoy!
A more 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.
Volume I: Parts I & II of My Unique Biblical Novel is recently revised.
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Another Biblical novel I have read - This one is about the early church
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costaine::
This novel 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.
The 2nd volume of my Biblical novel, Part III is also unique:
1. Part III is also unique in that it also contains NO extra-Biblical miracles,.
2.It is also unique in that the unique make-up it poses for the early church.
3.It is also unique in writing style in that in addition to occasional straight dialogue as in the first volume, it also occasionally uses 1st and 2nd person narration as a journal written by one of the characters.
Here's Volume 2: PART III: Power and Persecution - A Novel of the early Church and the Roman Empire
This is the sequel to Parts I&II. It deals with the early Church through Acts 12, and the reaction of the worldly rulers to this new sect called Christians.
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.
Like the original, it too poses NO extra-Biblical miracles but uses fiction to point to truth.
Currently, Part III is only available in used copies, and, as an eBook (See below:).
My Writing Process:
HOW I CAME TO WRITE THIS UNIQUE BIBLICAL NOVEL:
I always had an active imagination and liked to read, especially tales of other time periods. in Jr. High School I began writing and wrote several short stories as well as articles and poems, most of them having at least some Spiritual component.
Then 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.
Last year I decided to revise and further expand this novel. I added a few more chapters to Parts I and II and expanded the Epilogue into Part III and adding chapter titles and quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
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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, Smashwords and more. As an eBook, you can get PARTSI&II by itself and PART III separately, Or,--and this is your best bet price wise,--you can get the complete 3-part 90,000+ word edition for less than the total price of the two 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.