For Today’s Up-and-Coming Teen & Adult Crowd
THE JOURNEY BEGINS*
After waiting thousands of years, the God-King arrives on earth, but as a lumberjack and carpenter who travels through the kingdom helping people with his superpowers. Some love him, some hate him, no one is ever the same.
MEET THE GOD-KING
THESE ARE HIS AIDES
…a mere fisherman, is his own man and jumps at any chance to take on a dare. His mother-in-law tried to talk her daughter out of marrying this guy who enjoys being different so people will notice him. Even with his bravado, in secret, he is vulnerable to failure.
…is Peter’s brother. He is obsessed with a tablet he carries with him all the time listing things he has to do, much to the annoyance of his friends. His best friend is Philip. They are both a little nerdy. He is always standing up for the underdog, something else that annoys certain people.
…is another fisherman, son of Salome. He is ambitious at the instigation of his mother, with high aspirations to hold public office. He has no tolerance for weaklings and struggles with his temper. People put up with him because he has a good business head and is always reliable.
…and his brother are first cousins of Jesus, John and Jesus have been best friends since childhood. He has always been close to his mother, Salome, and his aunt Mary. He is loyal and reliable but has the same temper problem as James. PETER, JAMES & JOHN ARE JESUS’ INNER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.
…lives just outside of Bethsaida. Though Jews still consider horses work animals, Philip’s family (in the story, not fact) are horse breeders for the Roman legions. Being Egyptian, they have the finest Egyptian and Arabian horses in all Palestine. His mother is a Berber of Carthage near Egypt.
…is good-hearted and as honest as they came. But everyone says he is gullible. He inherited his father’s tapestry skills and moves from Cana in Galilee south to Jerusalem, Judea. He enjoys wearing colorful coats made of tapestry. He will do anything to avoid an argument.
…is a former seaman (according to the story) and has spent much time at sea around India. As a former mariner, he is fiercely loyal and thinks with a clear head when life gets stormy. He buries his emotions, covering them up with sudden outbursts of laughter or periods of brooding.
…is a tax collector and therefore very rich. He comes from a family of tall Ethiopian Jews. His parents ~ Mary and Alphaeus ~ claim to descend from one of the long-ago Pharaohs. He is methodical, good with numbers, and enjoys flaunting his riches in front of those who hate him.
BIG LITTLE JAMES
…is Matthew’s brother. Though younger, big Little James is taller than his tall brother and father. That’s where the resemblance ends. Whereas Matthew loves money and his big fancy mansion on a hill, big Little James has renounced money and lives as an Essene. However, when he misses his family, he does go home.
…is from Syria north of Palestine. He dresses like his Syrian ancestors with his long head sash and fringed clothes but is shy, so puts on a bravado so people won’t know. Seldom talks. Thinks a lot. But, when he makes a decision, there is no changing his mind. Looks scarey but has a soft heart.
SIMON THE TERRORIST
…is from Lebanon. He is the youngest of the twelve but lives some hard years before joining them. At age 15 and rebellious by nature, he joins the terrorist revolutionaries to destroy Rome Sometimes he sneaks off to hear John, the hermit priest, who claims the God-Man will conquer the whole world ~ not just Rome.
Now this man is the only sane choice Jesus makes for an aide. Judas knows how to lead. He is also a money man, not like Matthew who has to grovel at the feet of the Romans and collects their taxes. Judas is a banker and investor. He considers himself the best-dressed man in all of Palestine. He knows both power and money. The aides make him their treasurer. Sometimes he embezzles some of it.
DISCLAIMER: All photos on this website are just representative look-alikes of how I imagine the first-century characters to look like and do not in any way indicate they have any interest in this proposed TV series.
NOTE: Nationalities are based on where they went later as missionaries after Jesus returned to heaven and sat down on his throne.