THOUSAND OAKS, California, November 15, 2016 -- In a book of historical fiction that is more history than fiction, this novel presents Jesus as a spell-binding preacher, a highly original teacher, with unshakable integrity and unbreakable courage, whose words and deeds have been deliberately distorted to fit the agenda of people he would have condemned.
Author Len Lamensdorf says that trips to Israel, Jordan and Egypt, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, convinced him of his need to understand this incredible person and inspired him to write
The Murdered Messiah (SeaScape Press, 2016, 682 pp., Hardcover ISBN: 97809852381-0-0, $34.99;
Softcover ISBN: 97809852381-7-9; $23.99; E-book ISBN: 97809852381-6-2; $9,99; website: www.murderedmessiah.com).
“My goal in writing this book (a 30 year project), was to understand the incredible person known as Jesus of Nazareth. The sources are virtually infinite, beginning with the gospels, but including centuries of often contradictory literature. I asked many questions: Did Jesus believe he was the son of God? Of course, every Jewish male believed he was the son of God. Did Jesus consider himself divine? A very different question and one The Murdered Messiah seeks to answer. Did Jesus think he was the Messiah? Perhaps. Must the Messiah be a king? A warrior? A priest? A prophet? All of the above? Who did Jesus believe himself to be and how did he conceive his earthly mission? Why would a man whose entry into Jerusalem at Passover was a triumph, be suddenly and mysteriously murdered by the Romans?”
Len is the award-winning author of 9 novels, 3 plays and a feature film. His novels, published by Simon & Schuster, Delacorte and SeaScape Press, have won Gold and Silver Benjamin Franklin Awards, 3 Ippys (Independent Publishers) and multiple ForeWord book-of-the-Yearawards. His Young Adult trilogy won the Children’s Choice Award (Childrens Book Council, International Reading Association). Len’s historical novel, The Ballad of Billy Lee—George Washington’s Favorite Slave, was acclaimed by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Ron Chernow and Joseph J. Ellis, who called it, “One of the most poignant untold stories in American history.” He is a graduate of University of Chicago college and Law School (editor, Law Review), completing post-graduate studies at Harvard Law. He also studied playwriting at UCLA with Kenneth McGowan, original producer of Eugene O’Neill. Len’s website contains additional information about him and a sample chapter, bibliography and footnotes, images of the Jerusalem Temple, UCLA’s reconstruction of Qumran, and Len’s blog.
About the author (bio included above#):
Len Lamensdorf is the award-winning author of 9 books, 3 plays and a feature film. His books have won Gold and Silver Benjamin Franklin Awards, Ippy’s (Independent Publisher) and multiple ForeWord Reviews Book-of-the-Year awards. He is a world traveler who uses his knowledge to create accurate backgrounds for his many works.
Len is a graduate of the University of Chicago College and Law School (Law Review editor) and Harvard Law. He is married, father of two, grandfather of six and lives in Westlake Village, California, about half-way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
His websites are www.lenlamensdorf.com, which contains information and images of his other books, plays and film, and www.murderedmessiah.com, devoted to the historical novel of that name.
Len’s phone numbers are: 818-707-3080 and 800-929-2906; Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Book:
In a book of historical fiction that is more history than fiction, The Murdered Messiah presents Jesus as a spell-binding preacher, a highly original teacher, with unshakeable integrity and unbreakable courage, whose words and deeds have been deliberately distorted to fit the agenda of people he would have condemned.
Did Jesus think he was the Messiah? Must the Messiah be a king? A warrior? A priest? A prophet? Who did Jesus believe himself to be and how did he conceive his earthly mission? Why would a man whose entry into Jerusalem at Passover was a triumph, be suddenly and mysteriously murdered by the Romans?” Jesus of Nazareth wasn’t a Christian, His mother wasn’t a virgin, and He didn’t “Die for Our Sins.” The Murdered Messiah unravels mysteries in a story we thought we knew.
Review Copies and Media Interviews:
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