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The Baker of Capernaum



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Most biblical novels add a pinch of scripture to a pot of fiction.
The Baker of Capernaum uses a 50/50 mix of the two.



Have you ever wondered how it would be to live in the time of Yeshua (Jesus), enjoying his inspiring presence, savoring his uplifting messages, and watching his amazing miracles?

Well, you can savor a glimpse of such a privilege by stepping into the sandals of an ordinary fellow that may have lived during that time: Amos, the baker* of Capernaum. By observing Yeshua through Amos’ eyes and ears, mind and heart, you may be enriched by a new understanding of and love for the carpenter of Nazareth.

As a climbing plant spirals around a post, the Amos-story twines around the Yeshua-story. When the novelist lets Bible characters say or do something not recorded in the Bible, it should be seen as a possibility of what could have happened, as the Bible itself says that not everything Jesus did and said was recorded (John 20:30, 21:25). Of course, imaginary events depicted by the storyteller will ideally not contradict but instead support the biblical record. Endnotes supply links to the Bible story.

Yeshua’s parables stir imagination. We “see” the sowing farmer, the Good Samaritan, the Good Shepherd, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son. When a preacher or teacher explains the historical background of a Bible story, we can picture the scene in our minds. Similarly, this author invites the reader  to join him on a journey of fresh imagination rooted in the reality of Scripture.

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* In the New Testament (NIV), "bread" is used 83 times.
Related words (e.g. yeast, leaven, unleavened, dough, seed, grain, wheat, crop, and harvest) appear in total 150 times.