Accuracy in Biblical Fiction, important?

Accuracy in Biblical Fiction quotes from the Bible is important! All of us, writers of Biblical or Christian Fiction which is based on happenings in the Bible do a great deal of research. However, we also add a lot of fictional material to the narrative. Why? In order to help the reader understand what it was like for the people living then.

In some degree, most readers are familiar with the fact that early Christians were sent to the arena, crucified, and/or persecuted. Who they were is not usually known from the Bible, that’s where an author might add a fictional character. But there is the day to day life of the believers. It is that that brings the background of the Bible to life, and it is possible to work it out. The people were not so different from us, but their circumstances were. No modern appliances, everything ‘made from scratch,’ no phones, Internet, and walking everywhere. It takes imagination, and facts, to be able to walk in their shoes.

Accuracy is important

Well, it is to me anyway. I recently finished reading an interesting novel about the early Christians.’ How to review it is difficult. You see, I have a pet hate in historical fiction of any sort. That is using words or terms that were not invented at the time the novel was set. Another problem I find with the book is the narrating of Jesus’ miracles. They are there, but not in the correct order. It makes for mistrust of the whole narrative, or for someone who is not familiar with that section of the Bible – believe in something that is untrue.  It can lead to arguments later with a believer who has read and understands the biblical version of that section.

The author characterized well, something not all writers can do. Kudos there.

We all add characters, I ‘gave’ the Apostle John a great-grandson in order to illustrate several points. It didn’t please all readers, but as I said, it was done to illustrate several points. In this case, someone raised in the home of believers, and what happens when his faith is challenged.

True, accuracy in research can be a problem

curves in accuracy

… if certain things are not understood.

There can be many curves in the road of research.

One such example follows…

The biblical day started and ended at sunset. Found in Genesis chapter 1 https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-1-5/

At midnight, when we now say the day ends – and the new one starts, it is pitch dark. How is that day?

The Romans, who made many mistakes with the calendar, had many calendar ‘options’ but the one we use now is the Gregorian calendar, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gregorian-calendar I discussed the calendar issues in a previous post. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/calendar-and-confusion

That’s only one issue making research, and accuracy difficult. Next week, health permitting, I will give and overview of Judaism, which also explains why Jesus castigated the scribes and Pharisees.

God willing, it will be written then,

Be safe, be well, be kind

Susan

PS To help the readers, I explain the times and the hours at the start of the first book in the Apostle John Series… Hold the Faith (book 1) https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/series-overview/hold-the-faith/

 

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