Judas, My Brother
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Chiefly noted for writing romance novels set in the Antebellum South, Yerby, in mid-century, embarked on a series of excellent historical novels ranging from the Athens of Pericles to Europe in the Dark Ages.
Judas, My Brother is heavily foot-noted. Yerby delved deeply into the cultural anticedents of the Christian Era and made good use of such critical Theological writings as have emerged in modern times. His novel presents a secular version of the events surrounding the formation of Christendom. While presenting a very entertaining story line against a very believable backdrop of the First Century Roman Empire, Yerby critically examines a number of Christian icons and puts their authenticity in great doubt.
This is a worthwhile read for the skeptic. On the frontis, Yerby warns those emotionally dependant upon the Christian Religion to read no farther.
Frank Yerby was an American author of African descent who, at the time of his writing, lived in Franco's Spain. Yerby defined freedom as, "A house and a weapon to defend it." Freedom is where you find it.