A friend of mine has just self-published his first book, and I’d like to encourage anyone with an interest in ancient history, religion, or literature to check it out.
Thomas is an autodidact in ancient literature and history, but don’t let that fool you. This is a meticulously researched and refreshingly honest look at not only the literature written during a particular time, but the life, desires, and limitations experienced by both the writers and the readers.
I’ll warn you ahead of time — check your preconceptions at the door. Thomas is going to force you to question some ideas that mainstream scholarship has held sacrosanct for decades, and he’s going to give you very good reasons for doing so.
There’s already been a lot of hubbub about this project, and understandably so. Thomas is not scared of ruffling the feathers of some very established historians. For those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning, you know that I am somewhat agnostic with regard to the existence of a historical Jesus, and I can’t say that Thomas has made me a… um.. nonbeliever… but he has given me enough ammo to stand firm in my conviction that at best we do not have enough information to say that there was or was not such a figure.
As someone who has assisted Thomas in my own small way behind the scenes for many months, I’m very proud to see this book on both Amazon and Lulu. This book is not an easy read, nor is it meant to be. It is good scholarship with all the details. This is a book for people who want to dig beyond what seems obvious and what has long been held as necessarily true. Thomas explores not only the circumstances of history and literature but more importantly, the history, motivations, and methods of historians. There will be some wailing and gnashing of teeth, and though I can’t say which side I will eventually come down on, I think the debate will be good for everybody.