A mixture of fiction and Biblical fact, The 13th Apostle adheres strictly to the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection as depicted in the first five books of the New Testament. It is a tale of excitement, adventure, and miracles that is entertaining, educational, and inspirational.
Set amidst the political and historical turmoil of 33 A. D. in the city of Jerusalem, The 13th Apostle portrays events through the eyes of an orphaned street beggar who is shunned by mainstream society because of his epilepsy. Schooled in Judaism by a kindly old baker named Isaac who later adopts him and his younger friend Aaron, the boy embraces the teachings of Jesus, whom he believes to be the true Messiah; and his ability to apply Jesus’ parables to the problems of everyday life earns him the respect of his community. As he helps others, Gamaliel dreams of meeting Jesus face to face.
Tensions run high as word spreads that Jesus and His followers will be among those coming from all over the world to celebrate Passover. Learning the religious leaders, spurred by rumors that Jesus wished to establish a New Kingdom and determined not to allow Him to usurp their authority, are scheming against Jesus, Gamaliel tries to think of some way to warn Him.
The intrigue, suspense, and barriers that keep Gamaliel from alerting Jesus to the dangers He is facing engage the reader in a provocative story about a young boy’s dream of meeting Jesus.
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Paul Murphy is a retired educator. The father of three grown children he lives in Maumee, Ohio with his wife, Shirley. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then obtained his Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1970. Mr. Murphy possesses more than thirty years experience in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, culminating with sixteen years as superintendent of schools in several communities. He is skilled in commencement speeches, news articles, and grant writing. He has also written, produced and directed videos regarding safety in athletics and school bus riding procedures, as well as school boardsmanship videos.
After writing his first book, The 13th Apostle, he switched from the Christian genre to the mystery/detective category with Time in the Mirror and Golden Rules Days. Having two medical doctor brothers, a neuropsychologist sister-in-law and several psychologist and psychiatrist friends, Mr. Murphy enjoys blending their medical and psychiatric knowledge into mystery novels. He has several successful attorney friends/advisors, as well a private investigator friend who owns his own intelligence firm. He couples their legal expertise and investigative practices to not only defend those who are not the actual killers, but to find the actual culprit with endings that hold the readers attention.
He is presently working on a sequel to The 13th Apostle and another novel of intrigue, murder and espionage.Review:
A wonderful trip for readers back into the very heart of the Christian movement--exciting and inspiring. -- Walter Harrelson, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Adjunct University Professor Wake Forest University Divinty School
Jesus' last days came alive and renewed a sense of His presence within me. This is inspirational reading. -- Jim Oedy, New Hope Christian Community Foundation
The 13th Apostle, more truth than fiction, is a great resource for Christians who want to teach and learn. -- Rev. Donald Vettese, S. J., President, St. John's Jesuit High School
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