With all the ‘holes’ I have stumbled into lately, I have neglected to keep this blog up to date. Please accept my apologies.
Additionally, the posts that I have written this year were more on the subject of grief, and coping, whereas the original intention of this blog was to share some interesting, and sometimes quirky, discoveries while researching the book series. (Apologies to any ‘grammar police’ out there, for that long, complex sentence.)
My experiences though, give me a deeper understanding of the lives lived by our forerunners in the faith. How did they cope with the stresses and griefs? They didn’t have psychologists, medication, and the string of support professionals that seem to be available today.
What they did have was FAMILY, and where there was no family, the early church was the family. Remember, many of the first Christians had left blood kin, to follow this ‘new’ faith… and were persecuted for their foolish decision.
In our times there are more ‘nuclear families’ or single parent families; most operating without the backup of extended family. During the time setting of the Apostle John series of books, Hold the Faith being the first, the fledgling church was the family.
So, a reminder about the basic reason for this blog… with updates.
By the late first century AD Christianity had spread throughout the Roman empire. The book series finds the Apostle John living and working in Ephesus and, in the first book, travelling around the churches in what was then called Asia Minor.
History is available about this 1st century period of Christianity, some, unfortunately, is contradictory.
Trying to ‘walk in the shoes’ of my Christian ancestors has been illuminating, to say the least. As far as possible, I have used words appropriate to their time. This has limited the vocabulary used, but so also has the fact the gospel of John was written in Greek which has made direct translation difficult. (No, I don’t read Greek. I still remember some of the alphabet letters though, and recognise a few words from the one attempt I made to learn.)
I have chosen to go with the Bible as a guide, where facts are documented.
The apostle John, has a well documented ‘history’, and many traditions associated with his latter years. Although he travels around the churches in this book, amusing though it is, I have not included the ‘tale’ of him ordering the bedbugs out, and that they asked permission to return to their home in the morning. One tale that is included, briefly, is the one about the apostle leaving the bathhouse because Cerinthus was there.
In this series of books, I have ‘given’ the apostle a family, and followed the tradition that places him in Ephesus. He, his family, and the brethren are shown keeping the Sabbath and God’s Holy Days because until times and seasons were changed, this is how these first Christians, described in the Bible as followers of the Way, lived.
You are welcome to explore my website at http://holdthefaith.net