Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Scribe

The Scribe by Francine Rivers

Scribe is the story of Silas. Silas is the scribe who worked closely with Peter and John Mark (aka Mark) in Rome but he is also well known for being a fellow worker with Paul on several of his mission trips. The story is told within a framework. Silas is now an older man who is looking back on his life. The only disciples (apostles) still remaining are John. The rest have all died or been martyred. Paul is dead. So is Peter. He seems to be one of the last of the generation that saw Jesus alive. Rivers presents Silas as the Rich Young Ruler that is unnamed by Scripture, and while it is certainly within her liberty to go there with a fictional story...it takes some adjustments blending well-known facts with the fictional imaginings. It also has Silas be one of the men on the road to Emmaeus. So he fulfills two unnamed roles in the gospels. Anyway, I liked the book. I did really like it. But I didn’t love it. Perhaps it is only because I loved The Prophet so so so much that I’m slightly disappointed by the latest in this series.