Second Born

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Across The Centuries

Patrick W. Andersen

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Joseph has a vision for his family and nation. And as a successful trader and merchant, he might just have amassed a large enough fortune to bring it to reality. Though he has built his home in Sepphoris, the most beautiful city in Galilee, all his hopes rest on his first-born son James, who is studying for the priesthood at the Temple far south in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. Important people say James may grow up to be the Righteous One, who would restore Israel to God’s favor. Joseph has charged his other children to devote all their energy to support James in the family’s quest. Second-born Jesus, however, is a troublemaker. Third son Judas, who looks so much like Jesus that he is nicknamed Thomas (the Twin), stutters terribly and follows meekly in Jesus’ shadow. Fourth son Simon has trouble learning to read, and suffers bullying at the hands of rough boys who work in the fields. Their sisters Joanna and Susanna seem built in the mold of their mother Miriam, who is the dominant force that maintains discipline in the family. Second Born follows the individual developments of the four brothers leading up to the fateful events in Jerusalem, when the Romans seek to stamp out Judeans' growing sense of nationalism.


Adventure, Drama, Historical Fiction, Religious, Political, Action,

Short Summary

Though James comes from a wealthy family, the peasants of Jerusalem come to hail him as the Righteous One. His younger brother Jesus, meanwhile, has become a hero to the countryside's downtrodden farmers, who dare to consider him their king.

The Romans seek to arrest leaders of the religious, military and economic uprisings. Jesus accepts the mantle of all three, allowing his brothers to escape.


Judea and Galilee, under Roman occupation

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jesus

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Decisive, Empathetic, Honorable, Masculine, Leader, Religious, Aspiring, Engaging, Heroic, Sarcastic, Faithful, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Adventurous, Badass, Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: James starts out snobbish and arrogant but grows to become revered as the Righteous One.

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Gracious, Obedient, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Honorable, Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Judas

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Honorable, Insecure, Modest, Secretive, Underdog, Clumsy, Complex, Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Simon

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Insecure, Leader, Faithful

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Page Publishing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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