HISTORICAL SERIES: INTREPID MEN OF GOD

INTREPID MEN OF GOD

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JUST WHAT IS A BIBLICAL HISTORICAL NOVEL?

It definitely is not adding to the Bible. That would be sacrilegious and disloyal to God who told us just exactly what he wanted us to know. I have too much respect for the Bible.

A biblical historical novel is a COMMENTARY IN NARRATIVE FORM.  I spend an average of 300 hours researching for each novel I write.

What I do is give A POSSIBLE PREVIOUS LIFE to the Bible character that might have caused him to do and say what the Bible says he did and said. All my novels begin in the character’s youth, sometimes even their childhood. I sometimes add what their attitudes may have been at their death as a result of their earlier encounter with God.

(By far the most difficult death scene I ever wrote is what Stephen’s thoughts may have been as a young deacon, possibly 29 years old, leaving behind a wife and small children. I struggled with that and walked the floor for two days before writing it.)

Yes, in some ways I play PSYCHOLOGIST. I try to convey how the character possibly grew spiritually through the years before the events we read of in the Bible.

I also play SOCIOLOGIST. I research each city the character lived in or even traveled through, along with the ancient highways that existed then. I learn the languages spoken, the street layout (from archaeological digs), who the magistrates were then, how they dressed, what they ate, what form of transportation they used, what other religions were prevalent there, who the country’s king was, what wars were they involved in at the time, etc.

I play LINGUIST. As I study deeply into the Bible account, I look up major words in the original Hebrew or Greek. Translators do not have the luxury of doing more than giving a single English word. If they gave a phrase for each word translated, the Bible would be zillions of pages long and we’d have to carry it in a wheelbarrow. For example, when the Bible says the soldiers took Jesus up the hill of Golgotha, the word “took” in Greek is to carry like a bowl.

I try to both educate and entertain.

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FUTURE NOVELS:

NICODEMUS: OF THE SANHEDRIN

ARISTARCHUS: THE SILVER WORKER

PHILIP:  TRAVELING DEACON

ZEBEDEE:  THE FISHERMAN

CLEOPAS:  FATHER OF APOSTLES

APOLLOS:  EGYPTIAN SCHOLAR

JOB: ARABIAN SHEIK

AQUILA:  THE TENTMAKER

SECUNDUS:  THE BARBARIAN

DIONYSIUS:  THE ATHENIAN

JULIUS:  THE CENTURION

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2 thoughts on “HISTORICAL SERIES: INTREPID MEN OF GOD

  1. Ken Kirkham

    I have enjoyed several of your books from the series, Intrepid Men of God. I enjoyed them very much. I have one question, however. Why do you refer to the apostles keeping Sunday after the resurrection when scripture repeatedly tells us they still kept the Sabbath?

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  2. Inspirations By Katheryn

    At first, they kept both. Keeping the Sabbath was part of the Law of Moses. That meant they no longer had to offer lamb sacrifices when they sinned, no longer had to stone people to death for adultery and all kinds of things in the 600 ordinances in the Law of Moses. (Have you read Leviticus lately?). The new holy day under Christianity was Sunday which was the day Jesus came back to life and the day he returned to heaven. They continued to go to the synagogues on Saturday so they could tell them how Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies and was their promised Messiah. They did it to reach the Jews. But, when they were not around Jews, they did not go to a synagogue; they just worshipped on Sundays. Does this help?

    Thank you for your kid words about my books.

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