"If a tabloid newspaper existed in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry how would it report the things?"
Back in 1998, The Scroll by Nick Page was published. The idea behind it is simple. If a tabloid newspaper existed in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry how would it report the things we read about in the Bible (The Scroll: Published by Harper Collins)
Early in the New Year sees the Epiphany, here is how the Scroll would have reported the event.
Wise men from the East have visited the King in a search for a newborn prince. “They seem to think that this star we’ve been seeing is some sort of portent,” explained the King’s press officer. “Naturally, Herod was most interested, given the fact that he is the reigning monarch. He has asked to be kept in touch with events.”
The foreign delegation have headed towards Bethlehem. “We are grateful for all the King’s advice, we will try to keep him fully informed of anything we discover.” Said one of their delegation. Another of their party was less tactful. “If he thinks we are going to tell him where the boy is he must be stupid as well as barking mad.”
The wise men have gone to the extent of buying gifts for the new king. Frankincense, myrrh and gold. “Peculiar gifts if you ask me,” said one observer. “Gold is always welcome, but surely it would be better to set up an off-shore trust if you want long term investment?
Frankincense however is a sacrificial incense and myrrh is for perfuming dead bodies. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I would have thought that a nice doll or some bootees might have been more suitable than joss sticks and embalming fluid.”
A happy New Year to you all,