Wormwood and Gall: The Destruction of Jerusalem and the First Gospel

During the Great Jewish-Roman War (70 CE), the survival of the remnant of dispirited Christians appears bleak. To bolster courage and inspire hope, a scribe pens a good news narrative, retelling the stories of Jesus of Nazareth accumulated in the four decades since his crucifixion.The narrative would become a foundational document of Christianity, known as "The Gospel according to Mark." More

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About RW Holmen

Former trial attorney. Frequent public speaker. Indie author. "A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the apostle," "Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story," "Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism." Spirit of a Liberal blog.

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Scott Friedemann reviewed on on March 18, 2019
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The author is certainly familiar with the biblical corpus, as the book is constructed of taking as many of the pieces of the history and setting as possible and inverting them to see if a coherent tale could still be made. A side entertainment was just keeping track of all these inversions. The story was at times crude and gratuitous, somewhat limiting its audience, With the background and understanding noted, it was a fun romp of a book, showing off good story-telling skill.
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