Norman Maclean


Norman Maclean has been a student of western religious thought for over fifty years and has specialised in the study of life in the Mediterranean region during the first century C.E. He has lectured and written on associated subjects; is a teacher of Classical Studies and has conducted tour groups to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy.

Ancient Jewish culture and its clash with both Greek and Roman influences has been his particular interest which has taken him several times to Israel for exploration of archaeological sites and further study of Christianity’s emergence. He lives in Gisborne, New Zealand and is also an artist, public speaker and theatrical director.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories I ever read was a Life of Christ, given to me as a very small boy. I was captivated by the time and place as much as the subject matter. That fascination has persisted throughout life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I recall teachers laughing over something I wrote in response to the class-room topic: The Hottest Day of the Summer. I did not describe a personal experience but wrote a fantasy that involved my mother being able to fry an egg on the foot-path then the roof of our house melting... The classroom teacher praised it and showed it to other staff. I also wrote – I was about eight years old – as though I had been at the side of the street in ancient Jerusalem, watching Christ dragging his cross to execution. Not sure where that came from but it perhaps indicates a strong inclination even at that age towards the world of classical antiquity and religious thought.
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Where to find Norman Maclean online


Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 158,980. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014 by Plaisted Publishing House. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Written in the first person: the narrator and protagonist, a Hellenised Jew who eventually finds himself exiled then confined to the Aegean island of Patmos where he encounters one, Yohanan, (John) another imperial exile. Yohanan is the antagonist; he is penning a lengthy letter in code to seven urban communities of Asia Minor.

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greek    herod    jesus    jew    nero    patmos    revelation book    roman