May, 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 425 words.

Catching up on the continuing story line.

        

         The April chapter began with the collapse of an ancient Roman crane at a construction site for a new church on an old foundation in Bordeaux. The huge block of stone landed on Lazarus, so April marks an awakening of Lazarus two decades later in the place he was taken by his friend Nic. Now, after twenty years Nic is quite elderly. Here Lazarus is stretching into new life at the vineyard of his son Ezra, on the River Loire. His daughter has gone blind but is still a pagan healer and now she has a very young apprentice, Anatase. Lazarus’s daughter-in-law Colletta, a righteous Roman Christian of the Creed has stitched him an angel’s tunic — a kindness which he has rejected.  He reunites with his grandchildren Daniel and Celeste, now adults. So what else has happened in all those missing years?

         In May Lazarus faces grief again, and begins to fill in the gaps of twenty years of changes.

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.