I ventured out to see a matinee showing of the new movie Risen and all involved did an excellent production. From realistic scenes to the acting surrounded by so much death. The anticipated ending portrayed between the Roman Tribune and Jesus is the uplifting moment all desire.
Yet after all the research I did, both secular and faith based, for my Historical Novel called UPPER ROOM, THE WAY: 33AD to 57AD, I wondered why a fictional story of a Roman Tribune was created when we have data of two Roman Centurions directly involved. We even know their names: Centurion Petronius who guarded Jesus’ tomb and Centurion Longinus who oversaw the crucifixion.
Additional items in the movie had no historical data to support the presentation, such as the Emperor of Rome visiting Jerusalem just after Jesus’ resurrection by way of a river that doesn’t exist. Also digging up Jewish graves to find a body for the missing Jesus would have caused riots in the streets and this would have been duly noted in both secular and religious records. I personally was disappointed to just see Jesus appearing only to the apostles all the time especially when data tells of Jesus appearing to hundreds, especially in Galilee.
I am happy with the work I did on the Historical Novel UPPER ROOM, THE WAY: 33AD to 57AD and thankful to all those who helped make this book possible. Including Barrie Schwortz who was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP). This was the team of scientists that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, his twenty year old not for profit website: Shroud.com, presents all the data on the Shroud of Turin.
As I stated in the past, my Historical Novel has nothing to do with me. I receive no profit from this publication nor does the publishing company BBV Publishing. All monies are going to help the poor. My presentation of what probably happened because of Jesus’ burial cloth, that we know as the Shroud of Turin, is based on both secular and religious data we have. However, in the end, this is only about our Lord and how we can rise up to be the best we can be with our life here on earth.
Author of UPPER ROOM, THE WAY: 33AD to 57AD
Author and Publisher's profits go to help the poor from sales of this Historical Novel