Biblical Fiction

Alexandra Ripley
A fictionalized portrait of Joseph of Arimathea provides an intriguing look behind the myth of the wealthy Jew who gave his own tomb for the burial of Jesus and who, according to legend, carried the tenets of Christianity to Britain.
Mary Lee Wile
"A highly effective expression of a mighty struggle going on in nearly every modern woman's soul. Imaginatively portrayed in a no-holds-barred dialogue between the raw, unassuageable pain/rage of Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) and the deep patient loving trust in God's will of Mary (mother of Jesus), nine years after the violent deaths of their two sons."
Andrew M. Greeley
Raphaella, a very modern angel, gives Toby a passport and a plane ticket to Ireland, in order to assist in his plans to meet his beautiful Irish cousin, Sara. Raphaella also gives Toby the encouragement and good humor he'll need on his quest for a living grail--the beautiful, mysterious and troubled Sara, whom he must marry within the month, while solving an ancient mystery and avoiding thug, in order to claim his inheritance.
Based on the Old Testament's Book of Tobias.
Anne Rice
"This story of Jesus as a young boy, told from his perspective, presents his gradual understanding of his birth and unique abilities. Historical details are well-researched."
Thom Lemmons

"With all the excitement of high drama, author Thom Lemmons transfers you back to the time of Jesus and allows the reader to be on scene as Mary Magdalene, one who was lost then found, reaches in compassion toward other wandering sheep of the house of Israel. Through Mary's eyes one will experience the birth of the infant church and the heady excitement of the early days following Pentecost."

Taylor Caldwell

Lucanus grew up in the household of his stepfather, the Roman govenor of Antioch. After studying medicine in Alexandria he became one of the greatest physicians of the ancient world and traveled far and wide through the Mediterranean region healing the sick.

As time went on he learned of the life and death of Christ and saw in Him the God he was seeking. To find out all he could about the life and teachings of Jesus, whom he never saw, Lucanus visited all the places where Jesus had been, questioning everyone--including His mother, Mary--who had known Him or heard Him preach. At last, when he had gathered all information possible, he wrote down what we now know as the Gospel according to St. Luke.

Malachi Martin

A novel about the life and times of David--a shepherd who slew Goliath and went on to become a master military commander and then king.

Margaret George
"Brilliantly grounded in both biblical and secular historical research, it depicts Mary of Magdala...even as it peels away layers of legend. Testaments, letters, and narrative convincingly capture Mary's immediate and moving voice as she becomes part of the circle of disciples and comes to grips with the divine."
Ellen Traylor
"Melchizedek: upon his legacy a foundation was laid for the Holy City of Jerusalem. In the climactic days following the Great Flood, Noah and his descendants came from the ark and set out to repopulate the earth. Some would choose God's way; others would strike a path of their own. As the reluctant warrior Melchizedek courageously shepherds the righteous, Nimrod challenges him, and in his lust for power, wages war on God himself."
Zora Neale Hurston

"In this 1939 novel based on the familiar story of the Exodus, Zora Neale Hurston blends the Moses of the Old Testament with the Moses of black folklore and song to create a compelling allegory of power, redemption, and faith. Narrated in a mixture of biblical rhetoric, black dialect, and colloquial English, Hurston traces Moses' life from the day he Is launched into the Nile river in a reed basket, to his development as a great magician, to his transformation into the heroic rebel leader, the Great Emancipator. From his dramatic confrontations with Pharaoh to his fragile negotiations with the wary Hebrews, this very human story is told with great humor, passion, and psychological insight--the hallmarks of Hurston as a writer and champion of black culture."

John Milton

The classic Christian epic poem of the Fall of Man. Lucifer, cast out from Heaven, travels to Earth to seduce Adam and Eve into choosing sin.

Judith Tarr

A sweeping historical fantasy recreates life in ancient Egypt as seen by a slave to the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who banished worship of all the gods but one, led his tribe in the wilderness, and may have been the true Moses.

Nikki Grimes
"In Nikki Grimes's vibrant narrative, Mary's life is made palpable: the hard work she must have performed, the foods she must have prepared, the physical pain and tumultuous emotions she must have felt, the luminous faith that sustained her. Throughout, Grimes is careful not to stray beyond the events and characters portrayed in Scripture while she brings Mary's life near to us, making her story startling fresh and powerful."
Jim Crace

A re-imagining of the forty days Christ spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. Judea, about two thousand years ago: There were five of them -- not a group, but strung out along the road where earlier that morning the caravan of uncles had passed by. Three men, a woman, and, too far behind for anyone to guess its gender, a fifth. And this fifth was barefoot, and without a staff. No waterskin, or bag of clothes. No food. A slow, painstaking figure, made thin and watery by the rising, mirage heat, as if someone had thrown a stone into the pool of air through which it walked and ripples had diluted it.

India Edghill

The only woman in the Bible who is noted to have loved a man, Queen Michal was King David's childhood sweetheart, his first wife, and daughter of his great friend and greater enemy, King Saul. Married to and then abandoned by David at age 14, Michal is forced to marry him again and become his first queen ten years later. Thrown into transition and turmoil, Queen Michal resists the ambition and greed that have become integral to David's personality and kingship. Acting nobly as his queen, but refusing to compromise her soul, Michal is drawn in friendship to the women in the king's court. Among his concubines and mistresses is Bathsheba, who becomes the mother of David's son, Solomon.

Orson Scott Card

Rebekah leaves her father's house to marry Isaac, the studious young son of the storied Sarah and Abraham, only to find herself caught up in a series of painful rivalries, first between her husband and his brother, Ishmael, and later between her sons, Jacob and Esau. Through it all she finds her own relationship with God and does her best to serve His cause in the lives of those she loves.

Nino Ricci

"Set in a remote corner of the Roman Empire during a period of political unrest and spiritual uncertainty, Testament is a timeless story of how the holy man we know as Jesus alters forever the course of human history.
We come to know Jesus through the eyes of four dissimilar people. First is Judas, a committed political fighter who is invigorated by his discussions with Jesus about a sovereign nation for the Jews -- a place Jesus imagines as a philosophical rather than a physical kingdom.

"Second is Miryam of Migdal, through whom we learn of Jesus's controversial teachings as the two travel through Galilee and Jesus encourages the masses to question the teachings of the powerful few. Through Jesus' mother, Miryam, we learn of his all-too-human vulnerability, the rigor of his conviction, and his unfailing compassion.

"Finally, it is through Simon of Gergesa, a Syrian shepherd, that we witness the last days of the Jewish preacher as he journeys to Jerusalem. Though Simon is uncertain about how to assess Jesus' legacy, he now sees beauty where before there was none.
Covering overlapping portions of Jesus' life, Testament tells the recognizable story of the four Gospels but without recourse to miracle."

Mark Twain

Combined in one volume these whimsical diaries are at bottom both an argument for women's equality and an irreverent look at conventional religion.

Rebecca Kohn

"Orphaned and terrified, Esther journeys across the River Tigris to start a new life with her cousin-a man well positioned in the court, and to whom she is betrothed. Her transformation from girl to woman unfolds against a lavish backdrop of the royal court and harem, rife with intrigue and daring alliances. Esther wins much of what she seeks: the heart of a king, and the deliverance of her people. But her rise to the role of queen is not without a price; she must turn her back on all that she ever wanted, and give her body to a man she can never love."

Jose Saramago

"For Jose Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of His Passion are things of this earth. A child crying, a gust of wind, the caress of a woman half-asleep, the bleat of a goat or the bark of a dog, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. The adolescent Jesus is very much an adolescent: questioning, uncompromising, troubled by the world and by his body. His mother, like any mother, is devoted, fearful, resentful. The Holy Family has the complex frictions of any family. Yet this is not simple, debunking realism, for Saramago also fills his pages with vision, dream, and omen. And the defiance of the authority of God the Father, the righteous indignation on behalf of man, the anger - is still not denial of Him."

Norman Mailer
"For two thousand years, the brief ministry of a young Nazarene preacher has remained the largest single determinant of Western civilization's triumphs and disasters. Now, Norman Mailer has written a novel about Jesus's life. Is God speaking to me? Jesus asks. Or am I hearing voices? If the voices are from God, why has He chosen me as His son? And if they are not from God, then who gave me the power to perform these miracles? It soon becomes evident that we are being told the story of a skilled and most devout carpenter who is living with prodigious questions."
James P. Carse
"In this literary and religious tour de force, Carse daringly revives the ancient tradition of writing gospels to communicate the contemporary meaning of Jesus' life and teaching. This tradition resulted in dozens of gospels, such as the Gospel of Thomas, but died out when the Church closed the New Testament with its four official or "canonical" Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John."
Anthony Burgess
"A Roman saga, taking in the excesses of Tiberius, Caligula and Nero and an irreverent account of the early days of Christianity. Sadoc, a dying shipping clerk, sets down for future generations a tale of epic proportions: he is charged with recounting no less an event than the birth of Christianity."
David Maine

"Noe's (Noah's) family--his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law--tell what it's like to live with a man touched by the hand of God, while struggling against events they cannot control or explain. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood or other materials will come from, just that God will provide. When Noe orders his daughters-in-law to gather the animals, they set off on their difficult journeys with no specifics, no money, and no protection, just Noe's faith that God will make it work. And once the rain starts, the family is trapped on the ark with no experience in feeding or caring for the animals, and no idea when the endless waters will recede.

"What emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event-and all the tension, humanity, and even humor, that implies. The Preservationist is a new take on a story readers might think they know--but it turns the conventions and preconceived notions upside down, and the result is a debut novel that is original, captivating, and utterly unforgettable."

Anita Diamant

"A minor character from the book of Genesis tells her life story in this vivid evocation of the world of Old Testament women. The only surviving daughter of Jacob and Leah, Dinah occupies a far different world from the flocks and business deals of her brothers. She learns from her Aunt Rachel the mysteries of midwifery and from her other aunts the art of homemaking. Most important, Dinah learns and preserves the stories and traditions of her family, which she shares with the reader in touchingly intimate detail. Familiar passages from the Bible come alive as Dinah fills in what the Bible leaves out concerning Jacob's courtship of Rachel and Leah, her own ill-fated sojourn in the city of Sechem and her half-brother Joseph's rise to fame and fortune in Egypt."

Lloyd C. Douglas

A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. Here is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

 

This best-seller of 1950 was made intothe first movie to be filmed in CinemaScope, starring Richard Burton. Lloyd C. Douglas was a pastor who wrote several best selling novels during the 1940s and 50s.

Melody Carlson

"Being a mom is tough enough - but raising God's own Son? This novella imagines Mary's rich, complex experiences as Jesus' mother."