The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ is a work of speculative fiction.There is no hidden agenda or any attempt by the author to impart a particular view, philosophy or belief.

 

It has often been said that history is written by the victors, with many of the voices of the losers in debates being silenced through neglect or repression.

     In The Conspiracy to Assassinate Jesus Christ, every effort was made to maintain the secular history and biblical accounts surrounding the lives of Jesus Christ, Praetorian Prefect Lucius Aelius Sejanus, Roman governor Pontius Pilate and others. Nowhere within this story is there a deliberate intention by the author to contradict any accounts in the Christian Bible except for the denouement of Judas Iscariot, which artistic license was taken primarily for dramatic effect.However, the author has taken extensive artistic license to speculate on the motivations of the various historical and biblical characters to create an entirely new novel of fiction.

     The Bible provides little definitive information on many of the relationships, and little or no explanation for the motivations, of many of the personages identified in the New Testament. The myriad interpretations of the Bible available can be counted by the thousands of Christian sects that exist in the world today, each claiming exclusive dominion over the interpretation of Christian Holy Scripture.

     Nothing in this novel is intended to be interpreted as the way things were, but rather it offers pure conjecture of how things might have been. Nevertheless, unlike a pure fiction novel, where locations and facts, even impossible events, are all contrived at the whim of the author, this novel is historical fiction. As such, the author took tremendous pains and extraordinary amounts of time—years—to research the facts where they were available. The author hopes that he will be forgiven for errors in dates, people, places and chronology.

     In some instances, the author took license to include events which never happened, or to purposely create events which may run in the face of popular conjecture if the author felt it would help the story along.

     For those readers looking for something beyond the ‘surface’ story, this novel also considers many historical and biblical aspects of Jesus Christ that are still actively debated today, more than two thousand years after his death. The author spent inordinate amounts of time addressing and reconciling, solely for the purposes of this fiction story, many Christian theological issues. The notes at the back of this book attempt to briefly explain some of the principal research the author conducted, the decisions he made, and sometimes why he made them, in every case strictly to fit the plot of the story.

     Once again, there is no hidden agenda or any attempt by the author to impart a particular view, philosophy or belief.

 

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

Jesus Christ
Teacher and lay priest during the reign of Emperor Tiberius, Jesus becomes the Messiah or Christ promised in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. As the Son of God, he is sent to be crucified and, through his resurrection, delivers salvation and reconciliation with God by offering to believers the Perfect Atonement for the sins of humankind.

 

James
Younger half-brother of Jesus Christ.


Joseph Caiaphas
High priest of the Sanhedrin, Judea's highest judicial and ecclesiastical council.


Nicodemus
Member of the Sanhedrin, father of Mary Magdalene.


Joseph of Arimathea
Member of the Sanhedrin, brother of Mother Mary, and uncle to Jesus.


Pontius Pilate
Governor of the Roman province of Judea in the time of Jesus and Emperor Tiberius.


Judas Iscariot
Devoted disciple of Jesus and an ardent Judean nationalist.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Mary Magdalene

 

Mother Mary

Claudia Procula
Pontius Pilate's wife.

 

Aran Eliasaph
A fictitious member of the Sanhedrin.


Malchus
Servant of Joseph Caiaphas.

 

Peter
Once a fisherman, became a disciple of Jesus.

 

 

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