I was raised in an Anglican environment, baptised and sang in the church choir. I joined a number of other religious groups, seeking answers to my questions with out much success. I became a tool designer as well as designing machines and homes later becoming a high school teacher.
I am married with four children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I have always been involved with various sports and community activities, Minor Hockey, Disabled Athletes, Junior Squash lessons, and All Ont. Soccer Assoc., fundraising activities and serving on various Boards, promoting health and fitness. Professionally I was associated with the Assoc. of Manufacturing Engineers. Currently volunteering as a Director in a non-profit.
I live in a small community surrounded by farms. At an early age I took a dislike to big cities. This is a community where the air is clean with few traffic issues, life is slower and people are devoted to it's well being in the quality of services they provide.
Activities include the arts and entertainment, kids programs as well as senior programs such as fitness clubs. It is a place where community churches go about their spiritual duties and play important roles in the community, providing space for meetings of various clubs.
I was motivated to write this book as a means of possibly answering many of my own questions which others failed to do. I found that the biblical stories left more questions than answers and so the gaps needed to be filled.
It seems that the stories of this man known as Jesus, had been investigated around Jesus himself. I felt that he needed to be investigated through the people and organizations that surrounded him. Doing this, produced entirely different conclusions. I was surprised at how it unfolded as it did not start out that way.
Joseph of Arimathea, a successful tin merchant, member of the Sanhedrin High Assembly of Judges, Minister of Mines for the Roman Empire and uncle to the Virgin Mary, would have known Caesar and many Roman Senators and probably Pontius Pilates father.
All of these connections played out in shaping the Christian faith and the life of Jesus. Joseph would have known King Arviragus of Britannia who had victories over the Roman Army. He ruled over the land from which Joseph took tin ore for the Roman Empire shaping the beginning of a religious belief in England.
Readers of this historical religious novel, will appreciate a new look at the traditional religious narrative. While it incorporates facts directly from the bible, they are placed into an entirely different framework. Jesus, as a puppet of men who have determined his life, failed.
As Jesus matured, and saw through the evil of their work becoming some what of a civil rights leader, which brought him persecution. The crucifixion diverges quite differently from the tradition death scene as well as the manhunt that ensues.
The Sanhedrin Assembly of High Judges, who raised the Virgin Mary, turned on her eldest son Jesus because of his activities. They and Herod, not for one minute considered Jesus to be anything more than a troublesome person who had to be eliminated and they would have insisted on viewing the dead body themselves.
"Joseph of Arimathea"
by Brian Mellor
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 8/22/2012