June, 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 story in May began with the death of “the Old Monk,” Nic, Lazarus’s friend and patron. So as Lazarus is gaining his strength he is also grieving. Eve’s blindness guide and very young apprentice in the healing arts, Anatase, is reading aloud the journal pages Nic left for her reading lessons. The pages tell of the missing decades for Laz. Fearing the pages may hold stories of sorrows Lazarus has changed the subject to ask Anatase how she herself has come to be a child apprentice to a healer. Her story is of a gifted early reader, or as was thought in ancient Christian circles, a little girl who was “charmed.” The priest of her Christian family gave her to a pagan tribe fearing a girl child who could read by “magic” was an omen of evil for the Christians. Lazarus’s grandson Daniel made a deal with the pagan priest who was then trying to sell the child. He promised to take the little girl to be trained in the healing arts by his Aunt Eve, then she could be returned to the pagans one day as a useful practitioner of medicine.

         The June Chapter begins with Eve telling Lazarus of the sorrows that he dreaded hearing read from the pages in the voice of a child. But this month the story also turns headlong into the brutal Merovingian world of earthly power grabs in the era of King Chilperic and Queens Ferdegund and Brunhilda as told by Gregory, Bishop of Tours.

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.