The Rome Gospel

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In the aftermath of the Fire of Rome, Yohanan, also called Mark, decides to leave the city. But first he must become a servant of the word by learning the account of Jesus. To do this he spends time with one of the last eyewitnesses remaining in Rome, a woman named Junia. The process stirs up memories of his childhood, the failures of his adult life, and of a horrible, dark night in Jerusalem. More
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About Ben Chenoweth

Ben lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children. He has an interest in the intersection between theology and the arts, and to that end has written a play based on the life of Saul, a musical based on the Biblical book of Esther, and a novel that is actually a thinly-disguised commentary on the book of Revelation (as he says, "If others can do it, so can I!") For those who might be interested, he lists C. S. Lewis, Peter Shaffer and Neal Stephenson as his literary inspirations.

A few comments about the books:
"Meeting Of Minds" was written way back in 1994, so please be kind! It is my first novel, and it has clear influences: Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers' Guide To The Galaxy" series, the TV series "Max Headroom" and Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" to name the obvious ones.

"Saul, First King Of Israel" was written in 2001 as a way to put some of the scholarly materials I was reading as part of a Bachelor Of Theology into more of a popular format. But then I chose to write a play. Go figure!

"The Ephesus Scroll" is the first novel in my Exegetical Histories series. The novel has two timelines and the action cuts back and forth between them, like Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon". The first timeline is set in 93 AD, during the reign of Domitian; the second is set in the recent present (2005-6), mostly in St. Petersburg, Russia. Having two timelines is my way of answering two important questions about the book of Revelation: what did it mean for the people who first heard it, and what does it mean for us today?

"The Corinth Letters" is the second novel in my Exegetical Histories series. This novel 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 Rome Gospel" is the third (and most recent) novel in my Exegetical Histories series. This novel 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 life, as he meets important leaders like Peter, Paul, his uncle Barnabas, Timothy, and an apostle who just happens to be a woman.

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About the Series: Exegetical Histories
Exegetical Histories is a series of historical novels that bring the books of the New Testament to life. Involving real and imagined characters, these novels flesh out the first century AD context in which these books were originally written and distributed. Application to modern readers is not neglected, however. These novels also incorporate 21st century timelines, with the action jumping back and forth between the two timelines, thereby addressing exegetical issues within the original context of these books and bringing out the significance for modern readers. For readers aged 15 or higher.

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Reviews of The Rome Gospel by Ben Chenoweth

Michael Byman reviewed on April 13, 2021

Great book. True to the Bible where details exist. An imaginative story where the Bible is silent. Helped me see men and women of the New Testament as real people. Provided plausible backstories for some of the cryptic statements in the Gospels or Epistles. I'd previously read and enjoyed other Chenoweth books, this one is the best yet.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
David Alexander Greentree reviewed on Jan. 3, 2018

Emperor Nero is burning Christians alive, but John Mark has to go to Rome to find one of the eyewitness account holders.

Chenoweth is back with his best yet.
He deftly captures the feel and flavor of first century Rome and Jerusalem. It feels like you are actually there. The story centers around John Mark as he takes down notes from a church elder to write the Gospel according to Mark, all the while been pursued by vigilantes trying to turn him over to the Romans to be crucified.
Chenoweth is a theologian as well as a gifted story-teller, and weaves in the latest and best evangelical theology of early gospel oral traditions, and how these may have formed the basis of the three synoptic gospels - Matthew, Mark and Luke, which share a lot of material.
This book will bring the gospel alive to you and both increase your knowledge and deepen your faith.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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