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Download Introduction - Telling the Story, Again (523 KB)

Download Chapter 1 - Why They Attempt to Tell the Stories: Religious Backgrounds and Motivations (569 KB)

Download Chapter 2 - To Tell the Truth, No Matter the Facts: The Gospel Accounts (586 KB)

Download Chapter 3 - A Mother’s Love and Expectation for Her Child: The Relationship Between Mary and J (584 KB)

Download Chapter 4 - The Unknown Father: Joseph (574 KB)

Download Chapter 5 - A Foil and a Forerunner: John the Baptist’s Role (547 KB)

Download Chapter 6 - Merely a Means of Temptation, for Most: The Devil’s Role (547 KB)

Download Chapter 7 - An Ordinary Man: Peter’s Confession and Denial (558 KB)

Download Chapter 8 - Friend or Foe? Nationalist or Innocent? Greed, Glory, or God?: Judas’ Betrayal of Jesus (607 KB)

Download Chapter 9 - ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore: The Revision of Mary Magdalene (614 KB)

Download Chapter 10 - Who Was Responsible for the Crucifixion of Jesus? Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, and the Herods (574 KB)

Download Chapter 11 - Just a Man . . . or More Than a Man?: Jesus’ Humanity and Divinity (666 KB)

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The Virgin Mary. Joseph. Peter. Mary Magdalene. Judas Iscariot. Pontius Pilate. Jesus. In They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels, Kevin Brown examines how Nikos Kazantzakis, Anthony Burgess, Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago, and Nino Ricci portray each of the major figures from the gospel stories against the backdrop of biblical and legendary lore and depictions by some other contemporary novelists. The result is a many textured tapestry of insight and reflection in which Mary encourages her son to lead a normal life; Peter is coarse and rash, loyal and treacherous; Judas may well have understandable motives; and Jesus struggles with the temptations of love and power, revealing a divinity and a humanity vying for expression. By retelling stories people think they know, these five authors challenge their readers to confront assumptions and encourage all of us to ask ourselves why we believe or don't believe what we might well have long held to be true



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Kennesaw State University Press


Kennesaw, GA


virgin mary, peter, mary magdalene, judas iscariot, pontius pilate, jesus


Classics | Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | Religion

They Love to Tell the Story: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels