What if you were a Gentile woman being used to help give birth to the newly forming religion known as Christianity and found yourself in A Conspiracy of Breath?
In a critically-acclaimed, controversial and provocative literary work, award-winning author Latayne C. Scott examines: What would it have been like to be a woman, a Gentile, and someone onto whom the Holy Breath moved — to produce what became the mysterious Epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible?
About the Author:
Dr. Latayne C. Scott (Distinguished Christian Service Award, Pepperdine University) is the author of hundreds of articles and 20 published books, including The Mormon Mirage (Zondervan); Latter-day Cipher (Moody), Discovering the City of Sodom (Howard/Simon & Schuster, 2011, with Dr. Steven Collins); and multiple volumes in TSU Press’s Doorway Documents series.
Who wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews?
Church tradition tells us the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews.
But what if it wasn’t Paul?
Greek scholars consider the writing in the Hebrews Epistle to be more polished and eloquent than any other book of the New Testament. It was written for Jewish Christians, exhorting them to persevere in the face of persecution and revealing some hidden mysteries that surely did not go over well for some.
The early church historian Eusebius of Caesarea preserves for us that the early churches did not consider the Epistle to the Hebrews to be Pauline.
There has reached us also a dialogue of Caius, a very learned man, which was held at Rome under Zephyrinus, with Proclus, who contended for the Phrygian heresy. In
Paul’s fourteen epistles are well known and undisputed. It is not indeed right to overlook the fact that some have rejected the Epistle to the Hebrews, saying that it is disputed by the church of Rome, on the ground that it was not written by Paul. But what has been said concerning this epistle by those who lived before our time I shall quote in the proper place. Eusebius Pamphilius: Church History, Ch. III. vs.5What would it be like to be a human pen for the Holy Breath of God? #AConspiracyofBreath Click To Tweet
What would it be like to be a human pen for the Holy Breath of God?
In A Conspiracy of Breath, Scott wondrously weaves together what may have been the lives and thoughts of people who participated in the momentous, world-changing event known as the birth of Christianity.
I often think of the people who have contributed to our common history but whose names and sacrifices are forever lost to us.
A Conspiracy of Breath gave me a peek into some of these anonymous people. People whose names are forever lost to history but are surely known in heaven, giving them an unofficial place in the famous Hall of Faith.
Through her masterful and magical prose that transports you to ground zero, Scott provides possible answers to some of the questions we ought to be asking but do not have definitive answers to:
- What was Priscilla’s and Aquila’s role in the infant church?
- Who wrote the Book of Hebrews?
- What was life like for people who never met Jesus, did not have the Bible and still were born-again?
- What would it be like to be a human pen for the Holy Breath of God?
It is difficult for us in our 21st-century minds and lives to imagine the extraordinary circumstances that were taking place during this unique intersection of human history – the Christian claim that the Jewish God had invaded our world in the form of a Man, was HaMashiach and had come to redeem Israel and Gentile alike.
What were the implications of this for not only the faithful Jewish, but also the non-believing skeptics and pagan worshippers?
What would it be like to suddenly find yourself a “God-fearer” (and woman!) caught between these two worlds?
Scott’s novel gives us a peek into surely what must have been in Paul’s mind when he wrote:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (NASB)
Most mesmerizing is Scott’s depiction of what it might be like to be a part of the conspiracy of The Breath.
A Holy Breath that breathes words to you and into you; compelling you to preserve them as symbols for future generations. A conspiracy that you did not ask for and have no control over which propels you from one cresting wave to another before depositing you onto the shores of a land profoundly foreign to you.
If you are driven by words, you will identify with Dear Priska.
Scott captures the mystery, wonder, and danger of this period in this literary treasure that is surely on par with C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia or John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
She writes with a lyrical precision that is utterly mesmerizing, to bring you directly into the world of our forefathers and foremothers. Her elegance with language causes even the rocks to cry out for another historical novel by Latayne Scott.He became mine through words. I could not, I was convinced, have loved him more if I had seen his flesh. #AConspiracyofBreath Click To Tweet
What Do You Think?
How important are words to our history and soul? Have you wondered what life was like for the Biblical writers? What would the implications for the church be should it ever be discovered that a book of the Bible was written by a woman?