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Fleenor's "Appearances" tells of the historical Jesus through the fictional device of being a personal account of one, Caleb Bar-Jesus, the son of Mary Magdalene. Fleenor is careful to follow information provided by the Gospel writers and the Jewish Historian Josephus but has many imaginative twists and turns that will keep readers barely holding on to their seats. What kind of woman is Mary Magdalene? What is her relationship to Jesus. Did the resurrection of Jesus really happen? Caleb, having grown up in the Nazarene carpenter's house, witnessed the final days and cruel death of Jesus as his first person story unfolds. But Caleb does not know what to make of the many appearances that Jesus disciples claim as proof that Jesus has risen. Fleenor's novel moves deftly as Caleb's account unfolds. Caleb is in the know and sympathetic with nearly all the players of the New Testament era, but he is slow to believe. Where will he find himself as a 70 something-old man when most of the apostles are dead and not one stone is left upon another of his beloved Jerusalem and his country is no more? The careful reader of the New Testament will be challenged by Fleenor's uncovering of its familiar men and women. The average reader will enjoy the bold treatment of a human Jesus and the plausible plot about the relationship he had with his disciples. This novel is both enriching in knowledge of the ancient Roman and Jewish times and is also novel in the strictest sense of the word. Fleenor provides new wineskins for the new wine.
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About the Author
Appearances is Stephen Fleenor's fifth novel. Three, Asama's Cross, Karuizawa Story, and Seasons for Leviathan are in print. The fourth, Sweet Water, is not available to the public. Fleenor has an education in Biblical Theology from Northwest Christian University and a MA degree in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon. Fleenor wrote his first three novels about three distinct periods in Japanese history, having taught in Japanese Universities and working in Japanese churches for nearly twenty-five years. He presently lives with his wife near Salem, Oregon and continues to write and study. He is surrounded with gifted teachers as four of his adult children and their spouses are teachers as is his own wife, Carol.