[b-greek] Historical novels

From: David M. Scholer (dscholer@fuller.edu)
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 20:04:07 EDT

I have appreciated the discussion the last three days of historical novels
portraying the New Testament period and events. I have two comments.

Although not related to the New Testament per se, the novels (now eleven) of
Lindsey Davis are all set in the AD 60s-70s in the Roman Empire. I find
them very fine portrayals of the social-cultural life at the time of the
rise of the early church. They are mysteries, which feature a detective
(informer) named Marcus Didius Falco. He is of the lower class, but his
"girl friend," Helena, is the daughter of a senator, so the novels portray
the range of social life. I think her first novel is *Silver Pigs;* the
tenth is *Two for the Lions;* I do not have the other titles immediately at

Although probably not at all secure in terms of accurate historical
information, I would add the following novels on Paul to those already

Berstl, Julius. The Tentmaker (1952; originally in German).
Blythe, LeGette. Man on Fire (1964).
Henry, Lyman I. Paul, Son of Kish 1923; published by the University of
Chicago Press).
Neilson, Winthrop and Frances. That Lydian Woman (1975).
Neilson, Winthrop and Frances. The Woman Who Loved Paul (1978; Priscilla).
Stechan, H. O. The Great Apostle (1930; actually, this is a play).

Someone has already mentioned Milton Steiberg's *As a Driven Leaf.* I
simply want to say that I enjoyed that novel very much. It is set in
Antioch of Syria.

David M. Scholer

David M. Scholer
Professor of New Testament and
Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA 91182
626-584-5288; Fax: 626-584-5251; E-mail: dscholer@fuller.edu


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