My Debut Novel

If you support me on Patreon at $10 and up, you get to read the early drafts of this novel, as I slowly proceed writing them. I strive to release another 2 chapters every 2-3 weeks, but cannot commit to it. The list of chapters at the bottom of this page has a “we are here” marker showing where we are at. You can join at any time and get access to all previous chapters.

The Secret Scroll of Magdala part 1 – the War

The Secret Scroll of Magdala part 2 – the Hope

What happened after the Bible ended? What was it like to be a Christian who remembers Jesus from his childhood and sees how the apostle’s generation slowly fades away? How Jewish might the Christian faith have been at that point in history? Menachem is one of the children to whom Jesus said “let the children come to me.” When he is 50 years old, the Great Revolt breaks out.

“The Secret Scroll of Magdala – the War” is the first part. As the war breaks out, Menachem hides a secret scroll before the Romans arrive. His daughter Judith joins the Jewish rebels, and on the other side of the war we meet Cornelius’ grandson Servius, who is a Christian Roman soldier. We also get to know Daniel, a Nazarene Jewish scribe from Jericho. Will they survive the war and find the scroll? How will Servius act when his duty calls for him to destroy the temple of the God he believes in? The novel has mysterious scrolls, supernatural elements, love, betrayal, war and death.

The second book is about the reestablishment of Magdala, and the relations of the Nazarene Jews with the Pharisee Jews, and internal trouble with false prophets.

The books are written from my Evangelical Christian Jewish point of view, but I believe they will appeal to anyone. I base them on my personal faith and worldview, so not everyone will agree that this is what the ancient church looked like and believed.

I have used Roman, Christian and Jewish sources for these books, including Josephus Flavius, writings of early church fathers, legends from the Talmud, etc. Among the real life characters who lived during this time, you will meet people like rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai of Yavne, Ignatius of Antioch, Josephus Flavius, etc. I have also consulted several historical experts and visited many of the sites and excavations where the story takes place.

I strive to make it similar to books by writers like Francine Rivers, Roseanna White, Bodie Thoene, Sandi Rog or Lew Wallace, but with the Jewishness of Milton Steinberg, Yochi Brandes and Miriam Feinberg Vamosh.

This book is especially useful as an “antidote” for Christians who have read books like the “da Vinci Code” and other similar novels. Was Mary Magdalene really Jesus’ wife? (Spoiler alert – no, she wasn’t).

So what is my faith, on which I base these books? I believe in the faith of my Jewish forefathers, and the books that my people created. The entire Bible, the Old and New Testaments. Some would call me an Evangelical Baptist Christian Jew. Some would prefer the term Messianic Jew, as I keep the Jewish holidays rather than the Christian ones. To me, however, which label you put on me doesn’t really matter. I use my writing as an outlet for my search for identity as both a Jew and a Christian.

Here is a full list of the chapters:

Book 1 – The War

Chapter 1 – The Transfiguration, Arbel and Magdala, spring 27 AD

Chapter 2 – The City is Attacked, Magdala, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 3 – The Death March, Migdal-Tiberias, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 4 – The Sect near the Dead Sea, Skhakha, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 5 – The Christian Roman Soldiers, Roman camp near Caesarea, autumn 67 AD – a few weeks earlier

Chapter 6 – The City is Attacked, Magdala, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 7 – The Confrontation in the Cave, Arbel, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 8 – Daniel and Naamah, Jericho, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 9 – The Massacre, Tiberias, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 10 – The March to Slavery, Tiberias – Caesarea Philippi, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 11 – Together with the Zealots, Arbel, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 12 – The Nazarene Jews of Jericho, winter 67 AD

Chapter 13 – Menachem in Agrippas’ Palace, Caesarea Philippi, autumn-winter 67 AD

Chapter 14 – The Battle on the Golan Heights, Gamla, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 15 – The Birth, Caesarea Philippi, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 16 – Rebels in the Bushes, Gamla, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 17 – Rebels in the Bushes, Gamla, autumn 67 AD

Chapter 18 – Prisoner of the Jewish Rebels, somewhere in Dekapolis, autumn-winter 67 AD

 Chapter 19 – The Kiss, Somewhere in Samaria, winter 67 AD

Chapter 20 – The escape from the Rebels, Gador, spring 68 AD

Chapter 21 – Forbidden Knowledge of the Torah, Jericho, spring 68 AD

Chapter 22 – Back in the Camp, Gador, spring 68 AD

Chapter 23 – A New Home, Gador, spring 68 AD

Chapter 24 – Where Did She Go? Gador, spring 68 AD

Chapter 25 – Raised Taxes, Caesarea Philippi, spring 68 AD

Chapter 26 – Passover, Gador, spring 68 AD

Chapter 27 – To Be Like Everyone Else, Judea and Samaria, summer 68 AD

Chapter 28 – Escape to the City with Walls, Jericho – Jerusalem, summer 68 AD

Chapter 29 – Servius on the Dead Sea, Jericho, summer 68 AD

Chapter 30 – The Truth about Servius, Gador and Jericho, summer 68 AD

Chapter 31 – The Fall Feasts, Jerusalem, autumn 68 AD

Chapter 32 – The Emperor is Dead! Caesarea Philippi, autumn 68 AD

Chapter 33 – With the Pharisees, Jerusalem, autumn 68 AD

Chapter 34 – Escape to Pella, Jerusalem, autumn 68 AD

Chapter 35 – When Time stands still, Jerusalem, autumn 68 AD – summer 69 AD

Chapter 36 – A New Emperor, Caesarea, summer 69 AD

Chapter 37 – The Siege Commences, Jerusalem, autumn 69 AD

Chapter 38 – Good News, Jerusalem, winter 69 AD

Chapter 39 – Give me Yavne and its Wise, Jerusalem, winter 69 AD

Chapter 40 – Menachem’s Story, Caesarea Philippi, winter 69 AD

Chapter 41 – Judith Waits, Gador, winter 69 AD

Chapter 42 – The Scroll, Migdal, winter 69 AD

Chapter 43 – Civil War, Jerusalem, spring 70 AD

Chapter 44 – Under Siege, Jerusalem, summer 70 AD

Chapter 45 – The Meadow, Caesarea Philippi, summer 70 AD

Chapter 46 – Escape to the Temple, Jerusalem, summer 70 AD

Chapter 47 – Death Should Be Humiliating, Jerusalem, summer 70 AD

Chapter 48 – The Last Day, Jerusalem, summer 70 AD

Chapter 49 – Blood, Fire and Death, Jerusalem, summer 70 AD

Chapter 50 – Love One Another, Caesarea Philippi, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 51 – Love Your Enemies, Caesarea, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 52 – Judith’s Future, Gador and Pella, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 53 – The Word was with God, and the Word was God, Jerusalem, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 54 – A Supernatural Letter, Gador, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 55 – Daniel Wakes Up, Jerusalem, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 56 – Kalba Savua, Tiberias, autumn 70 AD

Chapter 57 – In the Presence of God, Arbel, winter 70 AD

Chapter 58 – Leah is Agunah, Tiberias, winter 70 AD

Chapter 59 – Reunited, Tiberias, winter 70 AD

Chapter 60 – Palestine, Caesarea, winter 70 AD

Chapter 61 – Negotiations, Caesarea, winter 70 AD

Book 2 – The Hope

Chapter 1 – Unity among the Jews, Jerusalem and Yavne, spring 71 AD

Chapter 2 – With the Rabbis, Yavne, spring – autumn 71 AD

Chapter 3 – The Triumph, Rome, summer 71 AD

Chapter 4 – Unclean Hands, Yavne, autumn 71 AD

Chapter 5 – Linus and Ignatius, Antioch, autumn 71 AD

Chapter 6 – The Catholic Church, Antioch, autumn 71 AD

Chapter 7 – The City is Resurrected, Migdal, winter 71 AD

Chapter 8 – What a Coincidence, Migdal, winter 71 AD

Chapter 9 – Where Did the Scroll Go? Migdal, winter 71 AD

Chapter 10 – The Wandering Prophet, Migdal, spring 72 AD

Chapter 11 – Why Did God Let it Happen? Yavne, summer 72 AD

Chapter 12 – Don’t Follow Your Heart, Antioch, summer 72 AD

Chapter 13 – the Escape from the Camp, Antioch, summer 72 AD

Chapter 14 – Leah and Joel, Migdal, summer 72 AD

Chapter 15 – Do the Jews Need the Gospel? Yavne, summer 72 AD

Chapter 16 – Servius’ Confession, Migdal, summer 72 AD

Chapter 17 – Put Me Like a Seal Over Your Heart, Migdal, summer 73 AD

Chapter 18 – Everything Goes Wrong, Migdal, summer 73 AD

Chapter 19 – Who is Emunah? Yavne, autumn 73 AD

Chapter 20 – The Anniversary, Migdal, winter 73 AD

Chapter 21 – Time to Leave, Yavne and Migdal, spring 74 AD

Chapter 22 – How to Ask for Forgiveness, Migdal, spring 74 AD

Chapter 23 – Daniel and Ovadia, Migdal, spring 74 AD

Chapter 24 – Who wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews? Migdal, spring 74 AD

Chapter 25 – Letter to The Elder, Migdal, spring 74 AD

Chapter 26 – Answer from The Elder, Migdal, summer – autumn 74 AD

Chapter 27 – Everything Changes, Migdal, winter 74 AD

Chapter 28 – Two Bearded Men With Walking Sticks, Migdal and Smyrna, spring – summer 75 AD

Chapter 29 – The Last Apostle, Akko, Tiberias and Migdal, summer 75 AD

Chapter 30 – The Scroll, Migdal, summer 75 AD

Chapter 31 – Rabbi Eleazar Visiting, Migdal, summer 75 AD

Chapter 32 – The Teaching of the Apostles, Migdal, autumn 75 AD

Chapter 33 – In the Beginning was the Word, Migdal, winter 75 AD

Chapter 34 – The Rapist, Caesarea, winter 75 AD

Chapter 35 – The Flogging, Yavne, winter 75 AD

Chapter 36 – The Scream in the Night, Migdal, winter 75 AD

Chapter 37 – No More Pharisees, Migdal, winter 75 AD

Chapter 38 – The Years Roll By, Migdal, winter 75 AD – summer 79 AD

Chapter 39 – The Funeral, Tiberias, summer 80 AD

Chapter 40 – The Wedding, Migdal and Lod, autumn 82 AD

Chapter 41 – To Lay Down One’s Life, Lod, autumn 82 AD

Chapter 42 – Let the Children Come to Me, Migdal, autumn 100 AD

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