Last week I shared my short story, The Ointment for Easter. It tells of an intelligent demon’s witnessing of the Crucifixion. The book it inspired is Unholy Testament – The Beginnings, which is on offer until April 29.
Please read the excerpt below.
From Eco’s journal:
Jesus is brought before Pilate:
The rabbi nodded. “It is as you say.”
What cheek, I thought, for you see, despite hating God I did still think it was unseemly to admit such a thing. Then because it was Passover he said there was the tradition of an amnesty for a prisoner.
“Who do you choose, Barbaras or Jesus?”
I screamed for the other, having no idea at all what sort of beast the man was. “Barbaras! Barbaras!”
Pilate looked surprised but then he nodded; an ironic smile upon his lips. “Very well.”
The rabbi remained there. I wondered what…
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