I can remember the first time I read a biblical fiction novel. It was Marjorie Holmes's Two From Galiliee. which was the love story of Mary and Joseph. I was mesmerized. I gave the book to a friend declaring she would absolutely love it ... but she hated it. Upon inquiring of her why she did not like the book, her reply was that it made Mary and Joseph too human. That was what had captured my heart.
While doing the research for my novella collection of nameless women in the Gospels, I ran across
Secondly, it was a trap, a set-up. Someone had made a deal with the Pharisees to participate in this despicable scheme in order to trap Jesus. If He agreed to stone her, then they would say He couldn't be the Messiah because He was not compassionate. If He were to say, "Let her go," they would again say He couldn't be the Messiah because He wasn't upholding the Law. So this young girl had been lured by some means into committing adultery in order to trap Jesus. Another incriminating piece of information it was a trap is the fact that her partner was not brought before Jesus. The Law stated both partners were to be presented before the priest. Where was he? Possibly gloating over his successful venture counting the money he was paid by the conspirators.
Another interesting tidbit of research concerns the age-old question: "What was Jesus writing in the sand?" In Numbers 5:11-31 there is a curious custom called "the law of the jealous husband." If a
These bits of information from my research gave me a whole new perspective on this woman and on the compassion of Jesus. Instead of being angry at the Pharisees trying to trap Him, his focus was on this woman who needed forgiveness. Perhaps we all need a new perspective on those around us who simply need a touch from Jesus.
Although a multi-published fiction author, Golden Keyes Parsons’ first published non-fiction work, Spiritual Spring Cleaning, (BoldVision Books) just released in April 2015. Her series, Darkness to Light, (Thomas Nelson) chronicled the journey of her ancestors in 17th century France and was a finalist for ACFW’s Debut Author of the Year in 2008. Her fourth novel, His Steadfast Love, a Civil War novel, was a National Readers Choice finalist. Parsons has also written a biblical fiction series entitled Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels (WhiteFire Publishing). Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine. www.goldenkeyesparsons.com