A christian novel you can have extra biblical ancient setting and ancient historical charaters outside the Bible? i mean an historical novel about ancient extra biblical stories rewrite in the light of judeo christian truths.
Ben Hur? Helena by Evelyn Waugh?
“Dear and Glorious Physician” by Taylor Caldwell. Re St Luke
Frank G. Slaughter was a highly successful popular novelist who died in 2001. He was best known for his hospital stories, but he also wrote a number of carefully researched Biblical novels, including these:
• NT titles
The Crown and the Cross (Life of Jesus)
Upon This Rock (St. Peter)
Thorn of Arimathea (Veronica and the centurion)
The Sins of Herod (Antipas after the Crucifixion)
The Galileans (Mary Magdalene)
God’s Warrior (St. Paul)
The Road to Bithynia (St. Luke)
• OT Titles:
The Song of Ruth (Ruth & Naomi)
The Scarlet Cord (Battle of Jericho)
Queen of Evil (Jezebel)
David, Warrior and King
The Land and the Promise (short stories on OT & NT topics, from the Creation to St. Paul’s missionary journeys)
Constantine: The Miracle of the Flaming Cross
Evelyn Waugh of ‘Scoop’, ‘The Loved One’ and ‘Brideshead Revisited’ fame?
Although fervently Catholic he had a somewhat… quirky … way of presenting relligion in his works.
Might be an interesting read.
Acts of Paul and Thecla is considered a Christian novel. It has St Paul in it, though.
I can’t think of any set in the ancient world, but I read one a few months ago set in the middle ages called “The Quiet Light: A Novel About Saint Thomas Aquinas”. It’s a book that follows three main characters - Thomas Aquinas, Emperor Frederick II, and a fictional crusader knight. It presents catholic faith in a very positive light and shows the lengths people would go to in the name of their devotion.
Of all his novels, Helena was the one he himself liked best, he was reported as saying. It’s very short, less than 200 pages in the old Penguin edition.
Or, in the old Doubleday Image edition, barely 160 pages. Without the excellent preface, 145 pages. Well worth it.
One thing Waugh mentions in that excellent preface is this:
• It used to be believed by the vulgar that there were enough pieces of the ‘true cross’ to build a battleship. In the last century a French savant, Charles Rohault de Fleury, went to the great trouble of measuring them all. He found a total of 4,000,000 cubic millimetres, whereas the cross on which Our Lord suffered would probably comprise some 178,000,000. As far as volume goes, therefore, there is no strain on the credulity of the faithful.
Waugh’s figure of 178 million cubic millimeters, or 0.178 of a cubic meter, corresponds to a 12-foot upright post and a 6-foot crossbar, both cut from timber having a diameter of 8 inches. The sum total of the relics, stated as 4 million cubic millimeters, would be equivalent to a five-inch length of the same timber.
The very point I almost mentioned. It lead me to look further into Rohault de Fleury,.
A bit off topic but I find this cool:
A poem about the Rood (Cross) of Jesus told primarily from the perspective of said Cross written in 7th-8th century England
Here’s his book. I don’t suppose it was ever published in an English translation.
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