Friday, April 24, 2009

The King Raven Trilogy

I am in the middle of reading the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, which is a different way of looking at the Robin Hood legend. Robin (Rhy Bran) is now a prince in the Welsh forest called The March who loses his ancestral lands to a Norman duke and then organizes a band to try to recover his legacy. Robin teams up with many of the usual familiar characters, Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet, to steal from the Norman nobility and redistribute the wealth to the poor of his former lands, while at the same time scheming to oust the hated possessors of his kingdom.

The trilogy is comprised of Hood, which is from Bran’s perspective, Scarlet, which is from Will’s point of view, and finally Tuck, which is the good friar’s account.

They are very fast-paced books, with a lot of action, and are very readable and enjoyable if you like Robin Hood or other stories from the Middle Ages. Each book is around 450 pages long and can be quite easily read in just a few days.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Something to consider on Good Friday

Here are some links to articles about the historical Jesus Christ and the historicity of Christ. There really is little to work with, other than the Gospels themselves, which do provide some compelling evidence about His life.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30034168/

http://www.livescience.com/history/090410-jesus-the-man.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jesus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historicity_of_Jesus

Most scholars agree that there was a real Jesus and that he was not just a fabrication of Messianic Jews.

Just something to read and think about.