I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the trouble to read this far (present or future), especially Jinace, who has been with me during every Bible story I've ever written and who hopefully will continue to do so. My thanks also go to T.H. White, who, even though his Arthur-saga was written before WW II, has been an inspiration for every plot idea I've ever had. I recommend to everyone who found this story bearable José Saramago'sO Evanelho segundo Jesus Christo (The Gospel According To Jesus Christ), which I read during the ninth chapter of Events and who to my surprise shared my views of God and the Devil. He also convinced me of the cuteness of lambs and the seven pages where he sums up every martyr for Christianity are very impressive. Another interesting view is The Angels' Maker by Stefan Brijs.
I always had a bit of a passion for religions and after I saw Jesus Christ Superstar I tried the Bible and noticed that the Old Testament and the New differ. Jesus became in my eyes more of a hippy, who rebelled against the ideas that had been practiced for centuries. The God of the Ancient on the other hand was cruel but more interesting: under His reign, there was murder, manslaughter, genocide and sex. Therefore I decided to split the Holy Three Unit up: there was the Ancient God, Jesus as his son and the Holy Spirit, who seems the head of some Secret Intelligence Service. Seeing I have always liked to know what the random passer-by thinks and I don't think Jesus was running a sect where an own opinion is blasphemy, I decided to write the story out of the point of view of the apostles, allowing Lucifer to add details where necessary.
Three years is a long time. I don't believe you can hate someone you laugh, cry, eat, talk and sleep with for three years. Judas was an apostle, like it or not. I have made him a rather stereotype, scarred man who seems to depend upon Jesus for happiness. It was not my intention to write a gay love story (I already did that before this), rather try and explore the link between Judas and Jesus when the first is an emotionally unstable, bitter man and the second a sad son who feels betrayed by his father and looks up to a task which will result in hundreds of wars. It can be love; it can be friendship. Nevertheless, Judas felt betrayed by the man who had pulled him out of his misery and thus returned the favour. Still, Jesus knew this would happen and did not put a stop to it: in the Bible he frequently refers to someone who will put him to death and who is amongst his friends. Thus, Judas was necessary for something that was bound to happen and was punished for fulfilling his role by an eternity of suffering. (His eyesight, bye the bye, is based on my own. One evening I was wondering how life would be in a time without glasses – terribly blurry.)
The apostles' names in this story are all taken from the 1616 Dutch translation of the Bible, here and there changed to the English version when necessary. Every other name is also taken from the Holy Book, some explicitly told as belonging to the same character (e.g. Jesus' brothers; his mother), some chosen at random (e.g. Mark, who sails them over the Sea of Galilee; Susanna, who is said in one of the Gospels to be one of Jesus' female followers). Almost every event in this story is taken from the Gospels, though now and then changed (e.g. the Detriment of the Temple: in James the Younger's chapter, nothing is destroyed).