Fictional Accounts of Biblical Times December 2018

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For Such a Time / Kate Breslin

A retelling of the biblical story of Esther set during WWII: Bond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin must save her people, even if she cannot save herself. 

The Secret Chord / Geraldine Brooks

Based on the story of King David, traces his journey from an obscure shepherd to a hero and king before his fall.

Apostle Paul: a novel of the man who brought Christianity to the Western world / James Cannon

A historical novel of St. Paul, the Jewish Roman citizen who transformed the history of the Western world, follows the scholar, adventurer, prosecutor for the Jewish high court, orator, and writer who brought Christianity to a pagan world.

The Lost Years / Mary Higgins Clark

Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments — a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever. Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicions that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in. Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year old Mariah to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death.

The Passion of Mary Magdalen: a novel / Elizabeth Cunningham

The second book in “The Maeve Chronicles” follows Maeve through her time of slavery and her journey with benefactor Joseph of Arimathea to Galilee, where she is reunited with her beloved Esus, now known as Jesus. Cunningham weaves Hebrew scripture, Celtic and Egyptian mythology, and early Christian legend into a nearly seamless whole, creating an unforgettable fifth gospel story in which the women most involved in Jesus’s ministry are given far more representation than found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The Red Tent / Anita Diamant

Based on the Book of Genesis, Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, imparting the lessons she has learned from her father’s wives.

Eve: a novel of the first woman / Elissa Elliott

It is the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons. In this luminous debut novel, Elissa Elliott puts a powerful twist on biblical narrative, boldly reimagining Eve’s journey. At once intimate and universal, timely and timeless, this unique work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and dazzling storytelling. 

Sarah: book one of the Canaan trilogy / Marek Halter

Born into a world of luxury in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur, Sarah flees the arranged marriage planned by her father, a decision that leads to an encounter with Abram, a member of a nomadic tribe of outsiders.

Matthew’s story: from sinner to saint / Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Portrays the story of how Levi the tax collector became Matthew, the apostle of Jesus Christ and one of the great authors of the Gospels. 

Iscariot: a novel / Tosca Lee

In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One — the promised Messiah and future king destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, Judas joins the disciples, ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But Judas’ vision of a nation free from Roman rule is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention — who seems in the end to turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.

The Legend of Sheba: rise of a queen: a novel / Tosca Lee

In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father’s throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world–or of Sheba‘s queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king.

Judas / Amos Oz

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets. At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz’s most powerful novel in decades.

The Young Messiah: a novel / Anne Rice
A novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. 

The Blood Gospel / James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
After a shocking discovery in Masada, Israel, Sergeant Jordan Stone, Father Rhun Korza and Dr. Erin Granger, racing against time to recover a book written by Christ’s own hand, must contend with a force of ancient evil with impossible ambitions and a secret sect within the Vatican called the Sanguines.

The Priest / Francine Rivers

Growing up in the shadow of younger brother Moses, Aaron carves a place for himself in biblical history in helping lead the Israelites to freedom and becoming high priest.

The Book of Heaven: a novel / Patricia Storace

An Eve who does not recognize her own biblical story shares her version of events in the Garden of Eden before imparting the alternate feminist stories of four women, including Abraham’s wife Sarah, a polytheist cook, Job’s wife, and the queen of Sheba.

When Jesus Wept / Bodie and Brock Thoene

Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus’s life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man —Jesus —whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus’s story and the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ’s love.

The Christmas Journey / Donna VanLiere

A beautifully illustrated, modern retelling of the Nativity Story.

A Reluctant Queen: the love story of Esther / Joan Wolf

She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue and romance.

The Lawgiver / Herman Wouk

Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.

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