“History seems to have placed Joseph of Arimathea too far back in the shadow of Jesus,” says Mellor. “It is my belief that it was he who influenced Jesus’ life the most.
Picton, Ontario (PRWEB) October 06, 2012
Brian Mellor’s new book “Joseph of Arimathea” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a fictional account of the beginnings of the Christian faith, offering a different perspective from the historical account.
“History seems to have placed Joseph of Arimathea too far back in the shadow of Jesus,” says Mellor. “It is my belief that it was he who influenced Jesus’ life the most. This is a story of that man, whose relationship, mentoring, and guiding Jesus, led to his greatness.”
According to Mellor’s research, Joseph as Jesus’ uncle very likely took over as head of the family upon the death of Jesus’ father. Joseph had all the credentials and means, a wealthy merchant with great influence in Rome and in his own community. A member of the assembly of high judges, which made the laws and meted out punishment, appointed Minister of Mines to Rome, a man who must have associated with the likes of Caesar, Pontius Pilate and Herod. He placed his career, his life and the safety of his family in jeopardy by his close association with Jesus. He and Jesus had much to lose for the ideas and beliefs they projected.
“I think ‘Joseph of Arimathea’ will appeal to readers on a number of counts,” Mellor says. “Firstly, we have historically famous characters who have had many tales told about them. The book also presents an alternative story to which we have all been told. It looks at the possible turn in direction from what had been taught religiously at that time to a transition of beliefs evolving in modern day Christianity.”
About the Author
Brian Mellor was born in Toronto, from parents of English background. They sent him and his two sisters to an Anglican church every Sunday, where he was baptized, confirmed, belonged to the choir and attended evening classes.
Mellor became a tool and machine designer, then the manager of manufacturing engineering, project administrator and went into teaching high school. It was this position that he retired from. He and his wife have four children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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