Modern Retellings of Biblical Stories

These ancient tales dressed in modern garb provide a new way to understand the Bible. Many of the most well-known figures and some lesser known ones are brought back to life for today’s reader. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Afshar, Tessa. Pearl in the Sand. 2010.

Ashcroft, Mary Ellen. The Magdalene Gospel. 1995.

Austin, Lynn. Song of Redemption. 2005.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Belli, Gioconda. Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand: A Novel of Adam and Eve. 2009.

Caldwell, Taylor. Dear and Glorious Physician. 2008.

Cannon, James. Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to the Western World. 2005.

Card, Orson Scott. Rachel & Leah: Women of Genesis. 2004.

Card, Orson Scott. Rebekah. 2001.

Card, Orson Scott. Sarah: Women of Genesis. 2000.

Card, Orson Scott. Stone Tables. 1997.

Cohen, Joel. Moses: A Memoir. 2003.

Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type

Dorr, Roberta Kells. The Queen of Sheba: A Novel. 1990.

Dorr, Roberta Kells. Solomon's Song: A Novel. 1989.

DuNour, Shlomo. Adiel. 2002.

Edghill, India. Delilah: A Novel. 2009.

Edghill, India. Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen. 2002.
     Also available: CD

Edghill, India. Wisdom's Daughter: A Novel of Solomon and Sheba. 2004.

Elliott, Elissa. Eve: A Novel of the First Woman. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Etzioni-Halevy, Eva. The Garden of Ruth. 2007.

Etzioni-Halevy, Eva. The Song of Hannah: A Novel. 2005.

Etzioni-Halevy, Eva. The Triumph of Deborah. 2008.

George Margaret. Mary, Called Magdalene. 2002.

Goldstein. Jonathan. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!. 2009.

Halter, Marek. Lilah: A Forbidden Love, A People's Destiny: A Novel. 2006.
     Also available: CD

Halter, Marek. Mary of Nazareth: A Novel. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Halter, Marek. Sarah: A Novel. 2004.
     Also available: CD

Halter, Marek. Zipporah, Wife of Moses: A Novel. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Hansen, Brooks. John the Baptizer: A Novel. 2009.

Hunt, Angela. Magdalene. 2006.

Hunt, Angela. The Nativity Story: A Novelization. 2006.

Hunt, Angela. The Shadow Women. 2002.

Kemp, Kenny. The Welcoming Door: Parables of the Carpenter. 2002.

Kohn, Rebecca. The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther. 2004.

Kohn, Rebecca. Seven Days to the Sea: An Epic Novel of the Exodus. 2006.

LaHaye, Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins. John's Story: The Last eyewitness. 2006.
     Also available: CD

LaHaye, Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins. Luke's Story: By Faith Alone. 2009.

LaHaye, Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins. Mark's Story: The Gospel According to Peter. 2007.

LaHaye, Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins. Matthew's Story: From Sinner to Saint. 2010.

Lemmons, Thom. Daughter of Jerusalem. 1999.

Lliteras, D.S. The Thieves of Golgotha. 1998.

Longfellow, Ki. The Secret Magdalene: A Novel. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Mailer, Norman. The Gospel According to the Son. 1997.

Maine, David. The Book of Samson. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Maine, David. Fallen. 2005.

Moore, Christopher. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. 2002.
     Also available: eBook

Morris, Gilbert. No Woman So Fair. 2003.

Myers, Bill. The Judas Gospel. 2011.

Popescu, Petru. Girl Mary. 2009.

Pullman, Philip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Ray, Brenda. The Midwife's Song: A Story of Moses' Birth. 2000.

Ricci, Nino. Testament. 2002.

Rice, Anne. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. 2005.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Rice, Anne. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Rivers, Francine. The Priest. 2005.

Rivers, Francine. Unafraid. 2001.

Rivers, Francine. Unshaken. 2001.

Rivers, Francine. Unspoken. 2001.

Rivers, Francine. Unveiled. 2000.

Rivers, Francine. The Warrior: A Novella. 2000.

Roberts, Michèle. The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene. 1984.

Rosenberg, David. The Lost Book of Paradise: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. 1993.

Rourke, Mary. Two Women of Galilee. 2006.

Saramago, José. Cain. 2011.

Steinberg, Milton. The Prophet's Wife. 2010.

Tarr, Judith. Pillar of Fire. 1995.

Taylor, Diana Wallis. Journey to the Well. 2009.

Tenney, Tommy and Mark Andrew Olsen. Hadassah: One Night with the King. 2004.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Traylor, Ellen Gunderson. Melchizedek. 1997.

VanLiere, Donna. The Christmas Journey. 2010.

Wangerin, Walter, Jr. Jesus: A Novel. 2005.

Wangerin, Walter, Jr. Naomi and Her Daughters. 2010.

Wangerin, Walter, Jr. Paul: A Novel. 2000.

Wolf, Kristen. The Way: A Novel. 2011.