Through a series of dramatic monologues (spoken by Mary, the Angel Gabriel, Paul of Tarsus, and the aSidonian archer, a Tiberius Julius Abdes Pantera), the fourteen poems gathered here give life to the Jewish-apocryphal legend of aJesus, son of Panteraaathe story that Jesus was sired by a Roman soldier. Having learned of a tomb (unearthed in Germany) bearing the soldieras name, Whitehead spent the last years of his life researching and writing about this fascinating, controversial tradition. In his introduction to the collection, renowned Biblical scholar James Tabor recounts the Scriptural, apocryphal, and archaeological evidence upon which the story is based.
About the author
Michael Burns is emeritus professor of English at Missouri State University, where he taught creative writing, and the author of a number of books, including the poetry collection, It Will Be All Right in the Morning (University of Arkansas Press). James Tabor is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the author of The Jesus Dynasty.
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