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Sep 13, 2012, 1:43am Top

There are some more here: http://www.librarything.com/tag/Bible,+historical+fiction

Two classics you should have on your list (I'm not sure if anyone has ever read the whole of the first of these, but many people have started out with good intentions!):
OT: Joseph and his brothers by Thomas Mann
NT: Barrabas by Pär Lagerkvist

Edited: Sep 13, 2012, 3:36am Top

One to add that I read recently - Jezebel by Eleanor De Jong. Not a graphic novel though:)

Sep 13, 2012, 8:46am Top

Haven't read these for ages, but glad for the opportunity to think about them:

Two from Galilee and Three from Galilee -- Mary and Joseph's backstories; Jesus' life before His public ministry
The Big Fisherman -- Peter
The Silver Chalice -- Acts/Early Christianity

and a more contemporary series by Francine Rivers was a "can't-put-'em-down" for me:
Mark of the Lion and A Voice in the Wind are the first two.

Edited: Sep 13, 2012, 9:52am Top

This is great! September is Biblical historical fiction month for me, but at this rate I'll have to make October and November the same.

The only one I've read is A Life of Jesus by Shusaku Endo. Right now I'm in the middle of Cain by Jose Saramago.

A little searching on Amazon found some hysterical graphic novels:
The Manga Bible series, in 7 volumes, by Young Shin Lee
The Manga Bible by Siku
The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton
And an old DC comic from the '70s, The Bible (Stories From the Bible, by Sheldon Mayer (no way the touchstone will work on that one!)
Testament by Jim Krueger (another bad touchstone, sorry)
Samson: Judge of Israel by Jerry Novick

Edited: Sep 13, 2012, 10:00am Top

And how could I forget Salome by Oscar Wilde and Megillat Esther by J. T. Waldman?

Sep 13, 2012, 11:18am Top

I enjoyed Noah's Wife by T. K. Thorne about the Big Flood.

Sep 13, 2012, 11:58am Top

I really enjoyed The Preservationist by David Maine. It is a retelling of Noah. The author has written one or two other Biblical retellings.

Edited: Sep 13, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Depends upon how graphic. Two novels (Perished: The World That Was and The Rise of Shem) have plenty of action, adventure, even romance. These are fictional accounts that depict the behind the scenes stories. Suitable for older teens and all adults. Biblical, yet entertaining. Rated G. Excellent reviews. Best prices at rfrederickriddle.com.

Sep 13, 2012, 7:58pm Top

I will look them up. However, I should let you know that self-promotion is considered bad form on this site, and can be flagged. I won't flag you because your post was relevant to the discussion, but we do get fledgling authors on here who can be obnoxious about recommending their own books to others.

That said, what got you started on Biblical fiction?

Sep 13, 2012, 8:12pm Top

A couple of books that I liked were:

The Red Tent by Anita Diament(The story of Jacob and Leah's daughter from a woman's point of view)
Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell (the story of St. Luke and early Christianity)
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglass
Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell (the story of St. Paul and early Christians)

Edited: Sep 14, 2012, 8:55am Top

Bodie & Brock Thoene have written several enjoyable series with biblical themes.

Sep 14, 2012, 9:09am Top

Another one by Taylor Caldwell: I, Judas. I'm not sure I've read any of the Taylor Caldwell books, but they were very popular when I was working in a bookstore in the late 70's.

Last Christmas I reread Norah Loft's How Far to Bethlehem and enjoyed it--especially the imaginings of the magi's stories.

Sep 14, 2012, 10:33am Top

One in graphic form is "Good and Evil" by Michael Pearl. It covers many biblical stories.

Sep 14, 2012, 1:48pm Top

I like Ann Burton's novels - she wrote four, each one about the life of a biblical woman, really going behind the (usually small) mention in the Bible. I read Abigail's Story and Rahab's Story, but there's also Deborah's Story and Jael's Story.

Recently I read Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin, the first in the Chronicles of the Kings series. This book details the early life of Hezekiah and was incredibly good. That one I'd highly recommend.

Sep 14, 2012, 6:46pm Top

#11 ... good recs. Have read them all except The Robe. I probably ought to rectify that!

Sep 16, 2012, 12:43am Top

Song of Ruth by Frank G. Slaughter and I think he write some others, but that is the only one I read.

Sep 24, 2012, 1:41pm Top

The Gospel according to Mary by Miriam Therese Winter is an imaginative retelling of the gospel by a woman.

Sep 24, 2012, 2:16pm Top

The Gospel according to Mary by Miriam Therese Winter is an imaginative retelling of the gospel by a woman.

The Barnabas Bible by Graham Jeffery is cartoons with a lovely, mildly irreverent take on the basic story. I liked these a lot (and had a difficult time remembering the title).

In the Beginning: The Art of Genesis: A Pop-Up Book by Chuck Fischer is sort of interesting, though not a graphic novel.

Sep 24, 2012, 7:10pm Top

I enjoyed Quarantine by Jim Crace - a tale set among the caves and wadis of the Judean Desert at the time of Jesus.

Oct 25, 2012, 9:35am Top

My Name was Judas by C.K. Stead
The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman
The Book of Rachael by Leslie Cannold

Oct 26, 2012, 1:43am Top

I enjoyed Rebekah, though I haven't read the other two.  This isn't the first time I've read the middle book of a trilogy, first.  I might want to get on that with The Sons of Rachel forthcoming.

Oct 26, 2012, 12:06pm Top

I've enjoyed three books by Marek Halter: Sarah, Zipporah, and Lilah.

Oct 27, 2012, 3:37pm Top

If you are also interested in books that take place in Biblical times but are not necessarily retellings of Biblical stories, you might try The Pearl-Maiden by H. Rider Haggard.

Dec 5, 2015, 3:16am Top

Here are a few oldies that I don't think anyone has mentioned: Quo Vadis. of epic length by Henryk Sienkiewicz, the often-filmed Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace, and The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain. Others I have collected through the years include. Charles E. Israel, Rizpah;; Frank G. Slaughter, The Song of Ruth; Sholem Asch, Mary, The Nazarene, The Apostle, and Moses; Julius Bersti, The Tentmaker (Paul); and a good many about King David, including Rev. J. H. Ingraham, The Throne of David; Gladys Schmidt, David the King; and Martin Malachi. King of Kings.

A more interesting one from both a literary and theological point of view is The Son of Laughter, about Isaac, by ordained Presbyterian minister, Frederick Buechner.

Then there’s the heavy-handed satire, Job, published late in his career by Robert Heinlein.

Dec 7, 2015, 10:35am Top

> 26 I was just going to list Quo Vadis myself... a story about life and Christianity in the time of Nero's Rome. A very good read.

Jan 2, 2016, 11:41am Top

I second the recomendation for the Chronicles of the King series by Lynn Austin. I'm not a fan of Biblical fiction in general but she does a great job.

Jan 2, 2016, 11:45am Top

The Call of the Green Bird by Alberta Hawse is excellent. I wish there were more books like it. The central character is not a Biblical character, but rather someone who encounters Biblical characters throughout the story.

Apr 27, 2016, 10:16am Top

I enjoy the Biblical fiction books written by Angela Elwell Hunt such as Dreamers, which is part 1 of a 3 part trilogy about Joseph.

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