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What do a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmit, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek for something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike humility and faith required for true fulfillment. The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, helps Herod foment an insurrection against Pilate, using the blacksmith, Barabbas as leader, to the dismay of the latter's Godly but fearful wife. The Mendicant, a young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Meanwhile, Pilate's wife pushes him to take over Herod's territory. When the insurrection fails, Manaheem turns to blackmail, and Barabbas turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of our two beggars. Manaheem almost loses his one true love, his former wife, Claressa, with whom he is trying to re-unite. The robbery goes bad, and Barabbas and the beggars get caught and are sentenced to death.
I, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943 to a Christian family and accepted Jesus at an early age. In Jr. High School, I became interested in writing and drama. I wrote poems, articles and a few short stories, and plays. In college, I won second prize in a contest with a Biblical short story, which now forms part of my first novel, “Of Such Is The Kingdom, A novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire,” published in 2003.
In 2010, I wrote the sequel, “Of Such Is the Kingdom, Part III,
Power and Persecution, A Novel of the early Church and the Roman Empire.”
I also wrote a Sci-fi novel, “Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth” and a non-fiction book, “Principles of the Kingdom."
I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Bible-Literature, and from Biblical School of Theology in 1974 with a M. Div. Ordained in November, 1974, I served as assistant pastor/Bible teacher in several churches. I also served in a foreign-student ministry, where I met my wife, Berenice Carett from Venezuela.
In 2014 I wrote an American historical novel, called "The Christmas Victory."
Here's an excerpt from the very end of Chapter 3 (Part I) of my Biblical novel. This excerpt goes back to when Herod and his wife, Samantha were getting ready to go visit Pilate (the visit that produced the fight between Pilate and Herod the previous excerpt) As they are leaving, they are paid an unexpected visit by Herod's brother Philip and his wife, Herodius. I include this visit particularly for what happens as the visitors are leaving. It may not seem like much at this point, but Herod's wandering glance, noticed by Manaheem, is destined to have historic repercussions. Thus, this event can be seen as another important plot catalyst.
Of Such Is the Kingdom Parts I and II—Christ and the Roman Empire
Just as they were about to leave, there was a knock on the door. Herod’s hand was already on the doorknob when the knock came. A little startled, he opened the door. ”Why, brother, Philip, and your lovely wife, Herodius! What a surprise! Too bad, Samantha and I were just leaving. You’ll have to call on us tomorrow.” ”O’, we can’t stay either. We just dropped by to invite you to my birthday party, Wednesday of next week.” They stepped back into the room a little, forcing Herod and his wife to do the same. As they did so, the scent of the woman’s perfume filled the air. ”I thought your birthday was next month.” ”It is, but no one remembers. That way I can have a couple birthday parties a year.” ”Quite clever. Well, yes, Samantha and I shall drop by. But now, we really must be going.” ”As must we. Good day!” As the pair turned to leave, Manaheem couldn’t help but notice how Herod’s eyes followed the young wife of his brother. Samantha was straightening up her hair and didn’t notice her husband’s wandering gaze. But Manaheem noticed and would keep it in his mind. ”See you later, Manaheem.” ”So long,” he replied, “and good luck, if luck there be.”