A fictional account of Barabbas, a lesser
known Biblical character. All that is known about him is that
he was an insurrectionist condemned by the Romans to die, until
his path intersected with that of Jesus Christ. Barabbas was
set free as Jesus was crucified in his place. Why, of all the
persons born into the world, was his life the one to intersect
with the life of Jesus on such a day, in such a given way?
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- Barabbas who? Basil Clark, in
his unique style, has reached deep into the Bible archives of
the lesser known and brought to us a warm, heart changing story
of a man whose life was filled with pain and anguish. This story
will force each of us to search our hearts and remember the challenge
that we each faced as we came to grips in our relationship with
In Clark's writings, Barabbas takes on
flesh and blood, not just a name, being revealed as a person
with a dark side, yet one who was drawn into fascination with
Jesus. Even though his encounter with Jesus was not spiritually
motivated, one cannot hang around such a Person as Jesus without
feeling the effects of such a friendship.
BARABBAS is well written and will keep
your interest from start to finish, causing one to realize what
life would have been like during the days of Jesus in and around
Aaron C. Reaves, Clinical Chaplain, Walker State
Rock Spring, GA
- Basil Clark, by way of BARABBAS,
once again reminds us that we are never separated from the presence
of God. And again we see that putting priority on our family
unit is also a main concern of our Heavenly Father.
Nellie Cunningham, Riva, Maryland
started reading BARABBAS, became pulled into the story, and was
unable to put it down until completion. How Barabbas interacted
with Jesus in a way that changed his heart and life spoke to
me, as I think it will to you.
Mildred Smith, Robbinsville, North Carolina
- Basil Clark made the almost
unknown character, Barabbas of the Bible, become a real person
that I could relate to. I found myself immersed in all the characters
of this story. I believe I now have some insight into what it
would have been like to live during the time of Jesus.
Carmen Koster Rhine, Corrections Officer, Nelsonville,
- Unlike the shadowy Barabbas
of the gospels, Clark's Barabbas takes on flesh and blood and
the passion of a revolutionary and the guilt and anguish of a
driven man. Pushed into relief by conflict, both personal and
political, the man appears, but then, not just a man, but everyman
who ever asked, "Why was I of all people in history, the
one whose life intersected with Jesus at this critical time?"
This Barabbas, as ambitious revolutionary and neglectful husband
and father, becomes a credible personal witness and reasonable
interpreter of the events of the last days of Jesus in a way
that posits plausible answers to some of history's most enigmatic
mysteries, while at the same time, drags the conversation forward
into the Twenty-First Century.
Sydney England, Associate Professor of English,
- Basil Clark has done it again!
Through BARABBAS, he has given us a window into the mind and
motivations of a man who scripture has named, history has remembered,
and people of faith have often times forgotten. This book will
challenge you to hear your own voice through a character that
scripture has left silent. Listen to this voice and be surprised
by its insights.
Rev. Rob Musick, University Chaplain, University
- BARABBAS has all the elements
of a good story. The characters are interesting and the dialogue
is snappy. Basil did a beautiful job creating a life for Barabbas.
It reflects scripture and is true to the message of the Gospel.
In fact, "Jesus is a genius" as one of the characters
in BARABBAS proclaims. Thanks, Basil for telling us the Gospel
story in a fresh way. It is true that the kingdom of God is open
now for any who will follow. My prayer is that you will read
this story and discover for yourself that Jesus was and is still
Rev. Roberta Mosier-Peterson, Pastor, Oakdale
- Thoroughly enjoyable! Basil
Clark humanizes a Bible character who is mentioned in only two
passages of Scripture. His work of fiction portrays Barabbas
as Everyman, and Mr. Clark not only provokes thought about this
historically notorious character, but mediation as well, as we
identify not only with Barabbas, but a character whose name has
become synonymous with betrayal, Judas Iscariot. This work is
not only insightful and an eye-opener to Jewish life under Roman
oppression, but it is extremely entertaining as well.
David Ramey, Evangelist and Teacher
- BARABBAS radiates with familiarity
in situations we can relate to while giving us a story about
hope and change. This book forces us to look at Barabbas more
deeply, being propelled beyond our first thoughts. The story
reminds me how truly remarkable our Savior is, and of our many
second chances we receive. What a wonderful book!
Stephanie Daniels, Ooltewah, Tennessee
Other Books by This Author:
- Poetic Healing: A Vietnam
Veteran's Journey from a Communication Perspective. Co-author Mark E. Huglen (Parlor Press,
- War Wounded: Let the Healing
978-1-935186-54-0 print version; ISBN 978-1-935186-43-4 E-Book
(Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc. Walden, TN)
About the Author:
Clark is a retired associate professor of Speech and Theatre
at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky where he taught public
speaking, theatre, oral interpretation, and interpersonal, political,
and health communication courses. His interests lie in writing,
gardening, hiking, art, and enjoying all activities with his
wife Cora, and their eleven grandchildren.
He served fourteen months as an Infantryman
with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam where he received
the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars (one for Valor.)
In 1983, he won grand prize in the Performing
Arts Repertory Theatre (Now TheatreWorks, USA [NY]) for his play
Change of Exchanges. In 2001, his story "The Town
Drunk" was included in The World's Best Shortest Stories
published by Quality Paperback Book Club [NY.] In 2007, 2008
he wrote a DVD script for use by 4th grade teachers, Mars Invasion:
Coal Camp to Space Camp. The curriculum is approved by the KY
Department of Education and coordinates with the Mars Invasion
program at the Challenger Learning Center of Hazard, Kentucky.
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