The Rome Gospel

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Ben Chenoweth lived in St. Petersburg, Russia with his wife and two children for almost ten years. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where he works at the Melbourne School of Theology as their eLearning Coordinator. He enjoys reading, writing, music and playing computer games in equal measures. He has a particular interest in the intersection between theology and the arts.

His first novel, Meeting of Minds, dealt with exploring the galaxy through virtual reality. Later, he wrote a play based on the life of Saul entitled Saul, First King of Israel. The first volume in his Exegetical Histories series, The Ephesus Scroll, looks at the book of Revelation, attempting to explore what the book meant within its original first-century context as well as dealing with what the book means for us today in the 21st century. The second volume in the series, The Corinth Letters, examines the context that gave rise to the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians, while also adding in romance, document forgery, archaeology, and descriptions of delicious Greek cuisine. The third volume in the Exegetical Histories series, The Rome Gospel, covers the writing of the gospel of Mark against the background of persecution in the wake of the great fire of Rome. It also traces Mark’s own personal history as it weaves in and out of the narrative of Acts, as he comes in contact with important Christian leaders like Peter, Paul, his uncle Barnabas, Timothy, and an apostle who just happens to be a woman. He also wrote a musical based on the Biblical book of Esther (a free download of the 1998 performance at Lilydale Baptist Church is available on NoiseTrade).

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The Rome Gospel

Authored by Ben Chenoweth

The apostle Paul is dead, executed by the emperor Nero. When news of the apostle Peter’s arrest reaches Yohanan, also known as Mark, he decides the time has come for him to leave Rome. However, before he can board a ship to Cyrene, the city of his birth, he receives a divine call to become a servant of the word — someone who can retell the account of Jesus. In order to do so he needs to spend time with one of the last eyewitnesses still living in Rome, a woman named Junia. The process will be a lengthy one, and the danger of arrest is a daily risk. But Mark is unprepared for the memories that are stirred up, memories of his childhood, the failures and successes of his adult life, but most importantly the memories of a horrible, dark night many years ago in Jerusalem… Become immersed in the context that gave rise to the first written gospel, the Gospel of Mark, in this exciting historical novel by Ben Chenoweth, author of The Ephesus Scroll and The Corinth Letters. “Ben Chenoweth [is] a spellbinding storyteller. It will be hard for you to put the book down even once before you finish!” — Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary, Littleton, Colorado “fascinating... historically plausible... and it’s great fun! Read it: you’ll like it, and profit from it!” — Steve Walton, Professor in New Testament, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Publication Date:
1545089329 / 9781545089323
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical / General

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