[b-greek] Re: Historical novels for NT culture

From: Mike Sangrey (mike@sojurn.lns.pa.us)
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 07:15:02 EDT

Jonathan.Robie@SoftwareAG-USA.com said:
> I would be interested in knowing of interesting historical novels that
> accurately and vividly portray New Testament culture, architecture,
> and politics. Do such novels exist?

"The Flames of Rome", by Paul L. Maier.

From the jacket:

"'The Flames of Rome' is the story of Sabinus, the clan, and their friends, a
small group loyal to the memory of another, better Rome, a few honest men and
women who must pick their way cautiously among the intrigues that infest the
majestic city: Ascending the ladder of rank, Sabinus sees all too clearly the
rot that has infested Rome.

"And when, in the aftermath of the great fire, the infamous Nero decides to
seek a scapegoat, Sabinus must make a choice. Throughout the tumultuous
years, a faith has been growing, called Christianity, named after an obscure
prophet executed in faraway Palestine. And as this doctrine spreads, first in
whispers and then in ever-increasing gatherings to hear the apostles Peter and
Paul, Sabinus' family is drawn to the hopes and virtues of this faith, so
unlike the debauchery that Rome has become."

Paul L. Maier has translated Josephus--"Josephus, the essential works"; is
Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and has written
numerous books dealing with the rise of Christianity and the Roman Empire. He
was awarded his doctorate summa cum laude at the University of Basel.

He has also written "Pontius Pilate", though I'm unfamiliar with that book.
Mike Sangrey
Landisburg, Pa.
       Every Christian library should have a plaque which states:
            "There is one book which explains all of these."

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