Jeanette Kroese Thomson and Gary Arthur Thomson      
Gary Arthur Thomson

Having studied medicine, Rabelais sat down on the beach and contemplated a statue of Asklepius.
"Oh worthy Asklepius, God of Healing! Where are you? “
“Here I am,” a little boy said pouring sand on Rabelais’ bare feet.
“What do you know about that?” Rabelais was jolted out of his reverie. “Are you Asklepius?”
“No. I’m Jason.”
“Jason are you! Have you found your sheep?”
“What sheep?”
“In the story, Jason was looking for the Golden Fleece of a sheep.”
“I didn’t know that. But we have two sheep and five lambs.”
“Well, I declare. Two sheep and five lambs.”
“Want to go for a swim?”
“Okay…” Rabelais looked around at the empty beach. Then he took off his clothes and followed the boy down the beach. They splashed each other and beat the waves of the Mediterranean.
“Let’s float,” the boy said.
“Okay…on our backs.”
The two floated with their toes sticking up and eyes closed to the blazing sun. It was marvelous.
“Two fishes floating on the waves,” a voice came out of the blue.
“Mommy…you found me,” Jason said.
Rabelais threshed in the water to get himself upright and see what was going on.
“Hello…” the soft voice of Mommy addressed him.

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There was a long silence. Then Luke spoke. “I just can’t get over the fact that I’m sitting here with two people who actually hobnobbed with Jesus.” “Hobnobbed?“ Artemis quizzed. “That’s not a word I fathom.” “You hung out with Jesus. You rubbed elbows with him. You enjoyed the pleasure of his company. He helped you build an atrium.” “Well, yes.” “Did he have a sense of humor?” “With us he could fall over his chair laughing. And in his rabbinic role with the People of The Book, he could exhibit a dry humor in his parlance. He had a humorous give and take with other rabbis including his own wife when she had her back up.” “I can’t wait to hear his stories. Your Mother said that he liked to tell Parables reflecting everyday life. I’d like to hear some of these Parables. Paul didn’t know anything about that.”

Doctor Luke traveled from Europe to Palestine in the Year 57. Luke accompanied the Apostle Paul as his personal physician. Paul was immediately arrested. A writer, Luke took the opportunity to collect the parables and sayings of Jesus into a book. Luke learned a lot more than he expected from Naomi—the woman who knew.

Gary Arthur Thomson taught Archaeology and History at McGill University in Montreal for twenty-five years. His courses encompass the Biblical World—the Sumerians, the Hebrews, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Etruscans. and the Hittites. Dr. Thomson has studied widely: a BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University in English Literature; a BD from San Francisco, Dubuque and Edinburgh Universities in Biblical Studies; an MA and PhD from University of Nebraska in Ancient History; a Québec brevét from McGill. He dug at Tel Gezer in Israel with Hebrew Union College and Harvard University. A Presbyterian minister, he taught Religion and Human Rights at Marianopolis College and served on the Interfaith Council of Montreal. Gary and Jeanette live on Green Island in a petite chateau they designed and built themselves. An apprenticed carpenter, Gary taught architectural drawing in high school. Also a teacher, Jeanette has a BSc degree in Environmental Design and an MA in Education from McGill. Together they have conducted over sixty archaeological study-tours in Europe and America with their students. iOriginsBooks.com is their website.


Gretel is
Gary Arthur Thomson’s first historical novel about How The Renaissance Began.  In 1374 the printing press or copy machine had not been invented. Peasant girls copied ancient classical and biblical manuscripts for their room and board.  They learned to read and write. These Sisters of The Common Life started public schools to teach humanities studies—reading, writing, arithmetic, classical literature and history, astronomy, and the beginnings of an objective scientific approach to daily life.

“The novel has a sense of walking the historical terrain. Medieval lyrics at the beginning of each chapter contemplate the scene ahead.”

“The detail for the period, the workmanship and order of things are beautiful.”

"The Hansel and Gretel tale fit nicely inside the history and the intrigue right from the start.”

“Beautifully written! A pleasure to read.”

“I intended to go to bed, but stayed up all night reading. The short chapters keep the action moving. The keen conversations continually foreshadow things to come.”

Parables on Point
Through the keyhole of the parables the reader meets the mind of Jesus. Giving clear messages, Jesus taught about life situations as he saw them through parables. Here’s the problem. What did Jesus say as distinguished from what the church taught about Jesus? Jesus spoke in the Year 30; the church published the New Testament 400 years later. One needs to sift through 400 years of textual layers to get back to the spoken teaching of Jesus. His parables are the insight into what Jesus thought and said.

The Rise of Earliest Israel  
In 1230 BCE, a new nation called Israel came into being at Shechem. A dozen Habiru tribes formed a confederacy. In 931 BCE at Shechem, two women—the Yahwist and the Elohist—began to write the story of Israel. Educated in the royal court, these two historians had the power of the quill. A tragicomic situation was unfolding. Civil war triggered their need to write. Rehoboam, son and successor to King Solomon, was being crowned. His cocky arrogance would cause the breakup of Israel.


The Sumerians
Sumerians were the first people to write. Using a sharp stylus, they wrote on clay. With writing, Sumerians turned the corner from prehistory to history! For ages, humans told stories. Sumerians introduced literacy. Ancient peoples recited traditions orally, but Sumerians were the first to write down their stories. Sumerian farmers invented irrigation creating a surplus of food, so that other Sumerians could be engineers, architects, lawyers, teachers, & merchants. All this was written on clay with a stylus.


The First Market
Thousands of market receipts written on clay tablets have been uncovered in ancient Iraq. Using COBOL—a business computer program, a sampling of these receipts have been statistically analyzed. The book is a dramatic disclosure about the Sumerians —the first civilization. Who would have thought we could check out the first market in progress 4000 years ago? The genesis of Wall Street was in Sumer in ancient Mesopotamia. The Sumerians were first to offer a regulated and fair market.


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