Of Such Is The Kingdom, PART II: Robbery And Redemption (Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times in 3 Parts #2)

A Novel of The Christ and the Roman Empire

by James M. Becher

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Synopsis

Did you enjoy PART I of this historical fiction novel of Biblical and Roman times? This volume picks up where PART I left off.

The insurrection having failed, Barabbas and his men find a cave in which to hide out. But Barabbas, unsatisfied, decides to try robbery. He enlists the help of the two beggars and they set out to rob rich Benjamin. But Timotheus almost turns back, after seeing the Nazarene. Will he go on to aid in this crime? Will it be successful, or will this also result in disaster?

Meanwhile, non-conformist Manaheem tries to blackmail Herod over his part in the insurrection and loses his one true love, his former wife Claressa, also a non-conformist, with whom Manaheem is trying to reunite. Will he get her back? More importantly, will he, as well as Barabbas and Timotheus find the fulfillment they have been seeking?“

The story has a powerful message that has clearly been displayed throughout the novel. Mr. Becher takes you through a wide range of emotions from beginning to end…. This is a great novel that I’m sure you will enjoy” —-Rudelle Thomas (Divine Eloquence)

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults
Violence: Major violence, death

Setting

Geography: Palestine
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: Classical (1,000BC - 399CE)

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Serious
Inspires Reader to Feel: Spiritual
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Minor and occasional action
Political/Social Commentary: Heavy use of social and political themes on a personal level
Romance: Major romance, essential to story
Genre Political
 
Political/Social Commentary:
  • Heavy use of social and political themes on a personal level
  • Geopolitical factors major theme at an international level
  • Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
  • Story is intended as metaphor for social or political theme(s)

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About the author

James M. Becher

I, James M. Becher, was born on June 8, 1943 of a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age. Interested in writing and drama since High School, I graduated from a Christian high school, where I participated in several plays, got A's in English, and wrote write several short stories, poems and articles, usually incorporating my faith into my writings. While attending St. Petersburg Jr. College, in St. Petersburg, FL, I won second prize in a writing contest with a Biblical short story, which forms part of my first novel, Of Such Is The Kingdom. I attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., and then Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a B.A. in Bible-lit. I went on to Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1974 with a M.Div. Ordained in November of 1974, I served in different Ministries, one of which was a foreign student ministry. It was there I started writing my first two novels, and there, I met my dear wife, Berenice, from Venezuela. We were married in 1980 and went to Caracas, Venezuela in 1989 for an extended stay, where, along with teaching English, I completed my purposeful time travel novel, "Impossible Journey, A tale of times and Truth," using a friend’s computer. Upon returning to the U.S., I tried in vain to purchase a computer without proper credit, and then one day a man came to my door with a computer, and said the LORD told him to give it to me. So, because of the Lord plans, I was able to also complete the Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom". Also shortly after returning to US, I began publishing a self-help ezine, my articles from which form my self-help book "Principles of the Kingdom." In 2006, I revised and expanded Of Such Is The Kingdom. Then in 2012, I had the opportunity to preach a Christmas sermon, which resulted in my writing “The Christmas Victory, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up In A Historical Novel.” This year, I submitted Of Such Is The Kingdom to WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, and, following their editorial assessment, completely revised it again, with historical accuracy fact-checking and fine-tooth-comb editing. ---James M. Becher

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