Judas, My Brother; the Story of the Thirteenth Disciple. an Historical Novel by Frank Yerby
A new slant on an old theme--the story of Jesus--told by a friend and contemporary who was born into wealthy circumstances, descends into the depraved Roman society, and eventually through his contact with Jesus and his family, is restored to respectability.
Yerby, probably the first author of coloured origin to achieve recognition in the USA, is gifted with remarkable descriptive ability, transporting the reader into the homes of not only Jesus, but Pontius Pilate and his wife, Claudia, and even the Essenes in a totally believable way without making the visits seem contrived.
This book may not be to the taste of all, in particular devotees of Mary Magdalene, and it may stretch the imagination in the way that Yerby takes liberties with the universally accepted story, but it makes for excellent reading as a fiction intermingled with factual characters. [book link]
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You are a part of me. I do not know
By what slow chemistry you first became
A vital fiber of my being. Go
Beyond the rim of time or space, the same
Inflections of your voice will sing their way
Into the depths of my mind still. Your hair
Will gleam as bright, the artless play
Of word and glance, gesture and the fair
Young fingers waving, have too deeply etched
The pattern of your soul on mine. Forget
Me quickly as a laughing picture sketched
On water, I shall never know regret
Knowing no magic ever can set free
That part of you that is part of me.
frank yerby, you are a part of me.
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