Skeptical historical fiction?

I enjoy historical fiction. Is anyone aware of books set in Palestine during the time of the apostles? It would be interesting to see someone’s take on these guys from a skeptic’s point. Most of what I can find is deeply religious. I want something that asks questions the Christians avoid. Anyone who’s even vaguely familiar with Christianity and reads between the lines sees an era and people ripe with drama. No, I don’t believe Mary of Magdala was Jesus’ wife, but she hung with the guys for some reason and Jesus did kiss her frequently. Judas may have been framed. His “gospel” makes it look that way and Jesus trusted him above all others to hold the group’s money. Peter seems like a con man par excellence who stole the movement from James and then Paul co-opted it all together. Has anyone written novels with these themes?

Posted: April 8th 2010

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Although I haven’t read it yet, I would suggest looking at the very recently published novel The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip ('His Dark Materials’) Pullman.

Independent reviewers have, in general, received the book well. Apparently, in a fictional account of Jesus and his twin brother Christ, there is a well-crafted narrative about the relationships between and among religion, truth, humanity, and narration.

On the back cover, it says 'This is a story’. They don’t add, as perhaps they might have done: '…Rather like the Bible, really…’

Posted: May 19th 2010

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Dave Hitt www

Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal is a fictional account of the missing years from Jesus’ life, from age 13 to 30. It’s not historical, but it is hysterical.

Posted: April 9th 2010

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