(From the publisher):
From the publisher
Despite its thirteen tales and a cast of a hundred subplots, In the Shade of the Terebinth tells just one story, really: the story of a love which cannot be stopped. It may be helpful to compare this work to the altarpieces with which Western artists used to surround the holy table, or, better yet, the icon screens which medieval Slavic iconographers built to hide the mysteries from the view of worshipers. In the same way, this book both reveals and veils its riddles. It is an assembly of small tempera panels which are not only juxtaposed, but find their meaning in the gilded framework of the novel's central tale of a Palestinian boy and a merchant sage. As for the "night journey" of the subtitle, the reader will recall the mystical journeys of biblical figures, or, for that matter, the tradition of Mohammed's nocturnal ascent through the heavens. But the attentive reader will also be reminded that all true stories are journeys and that all true journeys are occasions for disclosure; that the journey undertaken in darkness, even by way of a book, is often the occasion for the revelation of the greatest of all mysteries: the mystery of identity. We invite you to sit beneath the terebinth oak, whose wood was used to make the cross of Christ, and listen to the tale of the very man who constructed that cross. Hear the story of the boy who tended the olive grove in the Garden of Gethsemani, or of a Roman soldier who watched the scourging of Jesus, along with 10 other tales told by "forgotten" witnesses of Gospel events.
Original title: In the Shade of the Terebinth
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity→ Biblical