I am coming to a point where I believe I can see the end in sight. I hope to complete the third revision within the next couple weeks. At that time I will make a link available to you if you would like to read the third revision. Please keep in mind that thus is still in a rough draft. I anticipate many more revisions and edits. If you are interested in reading this draft I will provide you a link to where you can email me. I would appreciate the following feedback after you have finished reading through the draft:
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Again, when my third revision is complete in the next couple weeks I will post this.
List of Characters Named in the Gospel of Mark
Jesus, the Messiah
The Twelve Disciples
James, the son of Alphaeus (The Less)
Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus
The sons of Zebedee, John and James (the Great)
Levi, the son of Alphaeus
Simon, who is also called Peter and his brother Andrew
Simon, the Zealot
People Named in Mark’s gospel
Alphaeus, the father of Levi
Alphaeus, the father of James (the Less)
Barabbas, the prisoner who was released by Pilate instead of Jesus
Bartimaeus, (also named Timaeus) who was the blind man Jesus healed
Jairus, the rich man who pleaded with Jesus to heal his daughter
James the Just, the brother of Jesus
James, the younger, son of Mary who went to anoint Jesus’ body
John, the Baptist
Joseph of Arimathea, who claimed Jesus’ body from the Romans and placed him in his tomb
Joses, the brother of Jesus
Jude, the brother of Jesus
Levi, the tax collector
Mary, the mother of Jesus
Mary Magdalene, who went to anoint Jesus’ body
Mary, the mother of James the younger, who went to anoint Jesus’ body
Salome, who went to anoint Jesus’ body
Simon, the brother of Jesus
Simon, the man who hosted Jesus while in Bethany
Simon of Cyrene, (father of Alexander and Rufus) the one who helped carry Jesus’ cross
Zebedee, the father of James and John
Old Testament Figures Named in Mark
Abiathar, the high priest during the time of David
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Elijah, an old testament prophet
Isaiah, an old testament prophet
Jewish Religious and Political Leaders Named in Mark
Caesar, the Roman emperor
Herod Antipas, the king
Herodias, the wife of Philip who was with Herod Antipas
Herodias, the daughter of Herodias
Philip, the brother of Herod
Pilate, the Roman Prefect in Jerusalem who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion
Evil Spirits Named in Mark
The Abomination of Desolation
Contemporary Fictional Characters Mentioned in the Book
Chris, one of the two students in Professor Robert Sherman’s antiquity class who discovered the vase in Xi’an China.
Daniel, the old testament prophet
Dr. Brian Stillwater, a world renown linguistic with an emphasis in ancient koine Greek who was the first to translate the scroll.
Dr. Joseph Kramer, University professor and Middle Eastern Antiquities expert who assisted Professor Sherman in evaluating the vase and traveled with him to Jerusalem.
Dr. Michael Sui, the Professor of Chinese Antiquities who originally examined the Vase and provided background information for Professor Sherman.
Dr. Ursula Frond, from at the Israel Antiquities Research Group (IARG) who helped evaluate the vase and ultimate discovery of the scroll.
Gregg, group leader of the student group traveling to China who assisted Rich and Chris throughout their trip.
Judas Jones, the charismatic traveling evangelist
Ken, assistant group leader of the student group traveling to China who assisted Rich and Chris throughout their trip
Ponder, the Chinese guide who drove the two students around Xi’an and eventually to the friendship store where the vase was discovered.
Peter, owner of the Chinese of the Friendship store in Xi’an where Rich and Chris discovered the vase.
Rich, one of the two students in Professor Robert Sherman’s antiquity class who discovered the vase in Xi’an China.
President Brown, university president who awarded Professor Sherman his award.
Professor Jeremiah Hones, of the Jerusalem Historical Museum who introduced Professor Sherman to Dr. Frond.
Professor Robert Sherman, the college professor who won the Phineas A. Murphy Distinguished Professor award and then provided a travel opportunity for his class final exam which led to the discovery of the vase which encapsulated the scroll.
Yellow Jade, Chinese guide who arranged for Ponder to help Rich and Chris.
First Century Characters Mentioned in the Book (Many Fictional, Some Historical)
Adah, the wife of Mendel who lived in Nazareth and told the story about the disciples of Jesus
Alexander, the brother of Rufus, the son of Simon of Cyrene who had passed away just prior to Justus’ arrival
Alexandros (Alex), the son of the wealthy Greek, Lycos who Justus saved
Aliza, mother of Naomi, the young girl who brought Justus the small scroll
Ananias, the church leader in Pompeii
Ananus, one of the roadside thieves who terrorized Lycos, who came to look for Justus in Rome with James the younger
Antiochus IV, the
Aram, the father of Justus
Athena, the goddess of wisdom who competed with Poseidon to become the patron deity of Athens
Bartimaeus, the friend of Jacob and Ruth who had been healed by Jesus. He had also collected stories of Jesus and passed them onto Justus and Alex.
Boaz, the oldest son of Eleazar
The Boy and his Father (Q) in Capernaum. It was the father who also had collected sayings of Jesus
Charybdis, one of two fabled sea monsters who lived in the Straits of Messana that tormented ships
Eleazar, the family patriarch of Jacob, Joshua, Jehud, the husband to Johana
Elizabeth, The daughter of Justus and Miriam
Ester, The friend of Miriam who told Justus the story of the demoniac of Gerasenes
Heron, the young man chosen by Theophilus who would travel with Justus and Alex, guiding them along the trip locating sources for the traditions they were collecting
Jacob, the husband of Ruth, who together owned a home in Capernaum and helped Jesus
Jesse, the son of Justus and Miriam
John, the traveling companion of Justus who took him to Eleazar.
John Mark, the scribe of Peter who helped Justus when he walked out of Lycos home in frustration
Johana, the wife of Eleazar
Jonathan, the church leader in Tyre
Jotham, the youngest son of Eleazar
Justus, the Jewish Christian leader from Jerusalem who traveled to Rome to meet with the leader of the Roman Christian church. He was asked to travel throughout Galilee, Samaria and Judea to seek out oral and written traditions about Jesus in order to write down a fixed story about the wonders and miracles of Jesus.
Kassandra, the daughter of the wealthy Greek, Lycos who Justus saved
Leah, the wife of Rufus who provided stories to Justus about her mother, Salome
Lycos, the wealthy Greek man that Justus saves. He also funds Justus’ journey. (meaning "wolf". This name was borne by several characters in Greek mythology including a legendary ruler of Thebes.)
Matthan, the second son of Eleazar
Mara, the elderly woman who saw the Baptizer
Martha, the wife of Boaz, son of Eleazar
Matthias, the disciple chosen to replace Judas
Meli, the wife of the wealthy Greek, Lycos who Justus saved (her names translates as honey)
Mendel, the husband of Adah who lived in Nazareth and told the story about the disciples of Jesus
Miriam, the wife of Justus
Naomi, the young girl who brought Justus the small scroll
Nero, the emperor of Rome at the time
Olive, the wife of Jesse, daughter in law of Justus
Perez, the church leader in Jerusalem who called on Justus to speak before an anxious crowd
Phinehas, one of the roadside thieves who terrorized Lycos, but was saved and helped Jacob and Ruth
Poseidon, the goddess of wisdom who competed with Athena to become the patron deity of Athens
Rufus, the son of Simon of Cyrene who also saved Justus from arrest as a young boy in the Garden
Ruth, the wife of Jacob, who together owned a home in Capernaum and helped Jesus
Scylla, one of two fabled sea monsters who lived in the Straits of Messana that tormented ships
Sheatiel, the first traveling companion of Justus who took him from Jerusalem to Emmaus
Shipmaster, the captain of the ship who took Justus and Lycos back to Rome and then sailed Justus back during his trip back to collect the traditions of Jesus. He was also the shipmaster who took Sergius on his trip.
Simon bar-Giora, another Jewish leader who stood up to speak to the crowd in Jerusalem
Sergius, the old tutor of Alex with whom Lycos arranged to help Justus and Alex compile the stories of Jesus
Tamar, the wife of Jotham
The Teacher, the charismatic preacher that James (son of Alphaeus) took Justus, Alex and Heron to meet.
Theophilus, the leader of Church in Rome
The Quirky Itinerate Man, the man who spoke to Eleazar, his family and Alex and Heron about Megiddo