October, 2021

         The Blog featured on this site is in the genre of “historical fiction” told as a collection of stories knitted together in a serial format. It posts three times a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a continuing story narrated by the character Lazarus.

         This blog is a serial story in the genre of historical fiction. It posts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in installments of about 400 words.

Catching up on the continuing story line.

    In September Lazarus was cloistered at Ligugè. Adding illumination to the text of the Fourth Gospel opened differences of interpretation between what Laz believed was Jesus’ teachings and the changes of understanding as the Church has become established. In a parallel conflict the news of earthly kingdoms is that King Chilperic was assassinated.

The October chapter brings vast changes in the plot as a messenger comes with tragic news of Lazarus’s family. This chapter begins a new journey for Lazarus into the interface between Celtic Paganism, and Celtic and Roman Christianity.

A brief update of recurring characters: Laz’s son Ezra, owner of vineyards on the Loire has two surviving adult children, Celeste, married to a commoner made a count, Bertigan, and Daniel who serves as secretary to the count. Laz’s daughter Eve, is a healer, trained in the pagan arts. (She and Ezra were orphaned as children when Eve was apprenticed to a pagan healer and received this training.) Eve has become blind and relies on her own child apprentice to be her guide. After Thole’s childhood as Eve’s guide, Daniel made a deal with a pagan tribe to borrow a precocious little girl, Anatase, with the promise to return her to them when she was of a marriageable age and fully trained as a practitioner of healing.

Discovering Lazarus-Ink.blog beyond story…

         THE HISTORY: The non-fictional historical setting of this saga is chosen to follow a single strand of first century teachings throughout the centuries to unravel and observe the shifts of Christian church history. Through heresies, judgments, wars and witches the question is always: “So then, whatever happened to the ancient universal love of God?”

         THE FICTION: The What-If of this fiction is the character who is a literary device reincarnated from John Chapter 11, (That’s the story of the raising of Lazarus by his friend Jesus.) Lazarus is used in this blog as the fictional time traveler and the first person voice of the narrator. In this fiction Lazarus was bestowed by his friend Jesus, with the super-power of extravagant physical healing, so that at every death he endures he is eventually restored to life through slow and reliable healing, brought back as an ever-thirty-something man of ancient Israel whose memory of Jesus is never flawed.

         THE BIBLE STORY? The Fourth Gospel (John) offers the amazing works of Jesus using “signs,” not “miracles” as we find in the other gospels. In John, the signs are physical metaphors for spiritual truths. As a sign, Lazarus is used in John’s Gospel as the physical example or metaphor for the spiritual truth of resurrection.

         Bible scholars and close readers of the gospels will tell you that the fourth gospel differs from the synoptics (the other three), in that the story is told from the setting of Bethany just outside of Jerusalem, while the others are perceived to be grounded in Galilee of Nazareth with visits to the Temple and places nearby.

         THEOLOGY:  This Protestant seminary educated, unorthodox, mystic blogger believes that John was written from a point of view that reality is spiritual, and the whole of the physical creation is God’s creative work of art, offered to all the ever-living spirits of us to be as a sign, to speak of this reality of Spirit and allowing good mental health and healing into a nature of God’s universal love.  Seeing the physical world from the spiritual reality is like seeing from Jerusalem when everyone else views the story as rooted in Galilee. It is the same basic story, but an alternative point of view.