Welcome to my website. I'm a Christian writer and author, and I love history--especially the life and times of people during early Christianity. I think you'll find my books to be a good read, if you like Christian historical fiction. My first novel, Faithful Journey, is based on Luke's remarkable account in the Acts of the Apostles, one of the Bible's great adventure stories. My newest book is the Nicaea Trilogy, which is comprised of three novellas under one cover. The trilogy is about a rare, ancient codex that becomes the object of a quest spanning centuries and unfolding against a backdrop of persecution and war during the Roman Empire. I invite you to browse my website to learn why I wrote these books. But first, I want to give you a brief history lesson about the codex . . .
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Did you know there are roughly 100 New Testament papyrus manuscripts in the world? Some were found in the last century, others only a few years ago. Many more have yet to be published, along with fragments whose nature is still being debated by scholars.
Most writings of classical antiquity were kept as rolls, or scrolls, in the world's great libraries such as Alexandria. Both leather and papyrus were used, and scribes wrote on one side arranged in columns of text. You read a scroll by holding it in one hand and rolling it up in the other. They came in different lengths and were prepared in multiple volumes.
Gradually, a new form replaced the roll. It was derived from the wooden writing tablet that people used for making notes. When more space was needed, scribes stacked boards together by drilling holes along one edge and passing a cord through them, creating a notebook. Over time, deluxe models were made of ivory instead of wood. The Roman name for the tablet notebook was codex.
Julius Caesar may have been the first Roman to reduce scrolls to bound pages in this form, the prototype of today's book. Sometime laer, the Romans devised a lighter notebook, first using papyrus and then parchment. It was only a short step from binding up a few sheets to joining many of them to hold longer writings, such as accounts, notes, and letters.
Archaeological excavations have shown that early Christians preferred the codex for making copies of their Scriptures, because this form was easier to carry, read, and store than a scroll. Christians also adopted the codex to distinguish their writings from sacred Jewish books and from pagan literature--both of which were written on rolls of papyrus or parchment.
The codex permitted the copying of much larger texts, such as the gospel of Luke the evangelist. But there's no known evidence--thus far--to prove that Luke possessed a codex of his writings. But the possibility still exists.
The earliest preserved examples of the Christian codex date to the second century. There are 11 papyrus codices of this period--six containing parts of the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, and five including portions of the New Testament.
There are many Christian codices, and two the oldest ones that we have today were written in the fourth century: the Vanticanus and the Sinaiticus.
Scholars have debated the belief that the Vaticanus and Sinaitcius, now faded and worn, might have been among the 50 Bibles that Constantine the Great ordered Eusebius to produce in the fourth century after the Council of Nicaea. Yet, each Bible was written by scribes using the existing canon of scripture at the time . . . and perhaps even a rare manuscript like the Nicaea Codex.
Do you want to know about this mysterious codex?
If so, I invite you to read my new book, the Nicaea Trilogy.
"Entertaining and Illuminating" -- Rodney Stark, author of The Triumph of Christianity
The Nicaea Trilogy is a vast saga told in three novels with a common theme in a single volume. It takes place in a context of persecution and war during the Roman Empire - from the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 until the Council of Nicea in 325. then comes hope with the crowning of the first Christian emperor and the adoption of a new creed of faith.
A Greek physician has written a remarkable personal account of the life and times of Jesus Christ and his apostles in the first scribes century AD convert papyrus scrolls physician in a single codex, which then takes on a dangerous mission to visit Christian exiles in ancient Bithynia in Asia Minor (now Turkey).
Along the way, the valuable codex falls into the hands of the Jews who had fled Jerusalem when the Roman legions sacked the city. But the Christian book is mysteriously lost and becomes the object of a relentless pursuit in time and place people who are determined to take possession of it at all costs. what will eventually happen to the codex is priceless centuries later revealed in an epilogue that will surprise you .
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