A friend of mine raves about Randy Singer's books, and I keep meaning to read one. Now I have. It won't be my last.
|Why yes, I did read most of this book in the car|
Along the way, Singer paints a pretty vivid picture of life under three Roman Emperors -- Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero. I've studied some Roman history, and all of that seemed well-researched and well-written. The legal stuff, well, I can't say I know a lot about that, but everything certainly felt realistic.
There isn't much known about the "real" Theophilus. There is even debate about whether or not Theophilus was an actual real person. But one of the theories is that Luke and Acts read very much like a legal brief, and that Theophilus could very well be Paul's Advocate, the guy who would have represented him in his trial in Rome.
That is the theory that is fleshed out in this historical fiction title.
Singer mentions in notes at the end of the book that there are extensive notes on what is historically accurate and where he took liberties on his website. I'm going to be spending a fair amount of time there over the next days.
My opinions -- I had a hard time getting into the story initially, but once Theophilus was an adult and dealing with the politics of Rome and then of Judea, it was far more interesting. At that point, I was hooked. Singer has a very engaging style, and the suspense and intrigue kept me turning the pages.
I've told my 17 year old that he needs to read this next. Do you want to as well? I have a copy to give away, courtesy of Family Christian!
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