The Fisherman's Testament - eBook
The author did a very good job of retelling the Gospel of Mark (a truncated version), as told by Peter to several persons, including a fictional character named Vitalis. I am not going to give a synopsis of the book, for the description does that.
I will say that this is a wonderful example of a fictional, historical, and an apologetic work. It incorporates all three qualities into its few and easy to read pages. Its history and biblical accounts are dramatically accurate, and its fictional aspect is engaging and emotionally drawing.
I highly recommend this book to all. However, one must recognize the truth & historicity in the book from the fiction--for that, sometimes one must only think, but other cases will call for research. Do not take something the author wrote as fact until verifying it. That is the only caution I have.
December 29, 2012
The Fishermans Testament is a unique retelling of the gospel of Mark. The story is told from the perspective of Marcus Junius Vitalis, a Roman military general, who is summoned by Caesar Nero to assist with the interrogation of an important leader from the sect known as the Christians. This leader turns out to be none other than the apostle Peter. Since Peter is not fluent in Latin, he is accompanied by an interpreter known as Mark. As Caesar Nero and Vitalis ask questions to ascertain how dangerous these Christians are, Peter responds by methodically sharing the gospel story. While Nero is irritated by Peters story, Vitalis is deeply moved and disturbed by the story of Jesus and its implications. As the trial is coming to a close, Vitalis avoids the final sentencing by feigning sickness and escaping to the countryside. Shortly thereafter the story comes to a close. In the end we learn that Peter was executed, Rome has burned, and Vitalis has come to terms with the story of Jesus. He has embraced the story Peter shared wholeheartedly and has himself become a follower of Jesus Christ. Id put this story on par with such classics as Lloyd C. Douglass The Robe or The Big Fisherman. As such, it has earned the rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
October 19, 2009
This is a charming view of what could well have happened. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
September 19, 2008
This was an easy read and gave me a much better understanding of common practices and current events during the 50-60 yrs following the death of Christ. It also sent me on several knowledge seeking quests, always a good thing.
March 26, 2008