As Far As You Can – David Fiensy Interview
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Today, I have the blessing of talking with someone who is an expert when it comes to Biblical antiquities. For over 30 years, David Fiensy has been teaching Biblical studies and participating in numerous archaeological excavations and has a lot to share about ancient Palestine during the Roman occupation era in that area. He has written twelve academia books during the last 30 years. Now “semi-retired,” he has authored his first work of fiction, a novel titled “As Far As You Can.” The setting is in Palestine about AD66 at the outbreak of the war against Rome. I’m going to let him tell you about, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story!”
Help me welcome to the program, David Fiensy! David, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to visit with us today!
David, the first question I always start of with is this. Tell us, in your own words, “Who is David Fiensy?”
Based upon your background, you obviously are well qualified to discuss the settings from the Roman occupation period. How did your academic work actually prepare you to write your novel?
What was the neatest thing you discovered during your archeological digs?
Ok, now, let’s talk about your book. Tell us what the story line in your book is all about?
You discuss the culture of that time. What was the culture like in after the days of Jesus? When the Apostles began to write their famous Gospels?
I understand that the area referred to as “Palestine” was very violent during and after the days of Jesus. Why do you think it was like that?
So you reference things that Josephus wrote. His works are great testimonies and verifications of Biblical things, for sure. Was there something in particular you did not know about prior to researching Josephus’ writings for your book, which you had an “ah-ha” moment about?
You centered your story line around God’s “Hiddenness.” What does that actually mean and why did you choose to write your book around that theme?
You say that “Providence cannot be seen through the front windshield of your car, but only through the rear view mirror.” I agree with that statement 100%. There were times in my life when certain things happened that I was really upset about. But just a few years later (sometimes, just a few days later), I could see God’s hand was involved and my life is better now because of those trying times I had to endure.
What has your life experiences taught YOU about God’s Providence?
How has the feedback of your book been? Is it impacting people’s lives?
Is your book available in book stores, Barnes & Noble, etc.? Amazon?
David, if someone wanted to get in touch with you, to ask you a question or perhaps to do an interview such as this, how can they do that? How can someone get in touch with you?
David, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today and discuss this great book! I wish you all the best and pray that this book will be a blessing to all who read it!
Folks, you need to get ahold of David’s book, “As Far As You Can.” It will open your eyes to the culture and setting of the days of Jesus and after to the times of the First Church. If you’ve been following me on our ministry site, “Freedom Through Faith Ministries,” you know that I’ve been advocating studying the culture of those times and how that opens the Bible up to you in ways you never dreamt possible! Suddenly, what were once words and you may have thought, “Why did the writer phrase it that way? It doesn’t make any sense…” – will suddenly be like a bright spot light shining into your heart and you say, “AH-HA! I get it now!” So go to Amazon or just click the link below in the show notes and order your book, “As Far As You Can.” As a matter of fact, order two! And give one away as a gift to someone you love.
That’s all the time we have for today! For David Fiensy and myself, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you to BE BLESSED IN ALL THAT YOU DO !
LinkedIn: David Fiensy
Book on Amazon: As Far As You Can