The concept for the trilogy came from a real-life news report concerning the discovery of an ancient tomb in Jerusalem that some maintained held the remains of Jesus Christ and his family. (This was later discredited by most scientists, but further “evidence” has since come to light-see below.) In the time of Jesus, people buried their dead initially in a shroud, but once the flesh had rotted away, they often took the remaining bones and collected them in a small limestone box, called an ossuary (like the one in the picture). Believe it or not, parts of the world still follow this custom. For example, the use of ossuaries is a long-standing tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In Orthodox monasteries, when one of the brethren dies, his remains are buried for one to three years, and then disinterred, cleaned and gathered into the monastery’s vault.
With my author’s hat firmly on my head, I began to speculate on what the tomb might have contained. If not the bones of Jesus, then what? The answer? A manuscript! But what would this manuscript say that would dramatically change mankind’s views on God and on life itself? How about a direct quote from Jesus? Yes! From that point, the story came to life, almost as though it had been waiting for me to discover it.
This tale begins with a history-changing discovery in Hierapolis, Turkey, that leads to a near extinction event and evolves into a traditional “outer space” science fiction story including faster-than-light space travel, strange aliens, mysterious characters and gigantic battle scenes.
If you would like to know more about the debate surrounding the authenticity of “Jesus’ Family Box”, the article in Live Science is particularly interesting and provides many opposing views. Check it our here: Live Science.