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The Lost Gospels of Mariam and Judas

Mariam of Magdala, the high priestess of the Temple of Isis, that is located in the wilderness of the Golan near the oasis Nahal Samakh, renders medical treatment to the injured rebel, Yeshua the Nazarene, who is on the run from the Roman authorities.
Mariam imparts her knowledge and skills of pharmacopoeia to her new friend Yeshua, while he takes refuge and heals from his wounds. He becomes skilled in the healing arts himself.
Mariam and Yeshua’s destinies become linked when she joins him as an accomplice and a fighter in Yeshua’s war against the Roman occupiers to free their land and people. During Mariam and Yeshua’s travels, while recruiting the twelve captains and warriors for his insurgent army, he gains the reputation as a healer, some even say, ‘miracle worker’ as he, with Mariam’s guidance and assistance, cures the common folk of their ailments.
Mariam is witness to and chronicler of the preparations for war, the reconnoiter of the Temple in Jerusalem before the Passover festival during which a riot ensues that leads to the arrest of Barabbas, the sneak attack on the Roman forces of the Antonia Fortress, and the aftermath, including the capture, trial, sentencing and crucifixion as related in the Passion story of the canonical gospels but with an intriguing twist in the denouement, that sets this story apart from all previous versions of this two-thousand-year-old mystery.
Who was Mariam of Magdala? What really is the truth of her life and times? What’s widely accepted as the ‘official version’ of this biblical tale is completely changed in this secular and rational, non-supernatural, well-researched and alternative telling of Mariam and her friends, Yeshua the Nazarene, and Judas Iscariot.
Unlike the more than three-dozen made previously, this movie will appeal to the 29% (75 million adults) in America who claim no religious affiliation (None’s). As a professional script reader and reviewer wrote: “The concept is incredibly unique and exciting in that it tells a story involving Christ that leaves room for agnostic, atheist, or skeptical viewers to connect with the material... a compelling alternative version of Christianity’s origin... features a story with obvious potential, both commercially and artistically.”

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Writer Biography - Harry Lee

Harry Lee explores the tragic and comic aspects of humanity's individual and collective experience. His extensive research into current and historical events delves into the specifics and the speculations, approached, and perceived, from his skeptic’s point of view. He draws upon the mysteries of the past, and the ambiguities and “alternative facts” of the present, for inspiration.
He puzzles over the mind-boggling but very interesting philosophical inquiries of Absurdism and Existentialism, pursuing how the questions posed therein may be utilized to understand, influence, and affect, the characters, and their motivations in his stories. He is keen to expose the satirical elements of the human condition, from whoever and wherever they may be found.
His feature-film screenplay, NORTHSTAR, offers a very plausible scenario to what may have happened to the $9 BILLION dollars cash that unaccountably went missing during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
His novel and screenplay of historical fiction, The Lost Gospels of Mariam and Judas, is a secular, rational, non-supernatural, alternative version of the story of the 1st-century Galilean man, Yeshua the Nazarene.
A prior work, Will it Play in Peoria, The Autobiography of the Reverend William Williams, is a retrospective view of the tumultuous 1960's Hippies and Yippies, and the sex, drugs, rock & roll, peace, love, war, harmony, and rage, that defined the era.
He is fascinated by the universality of comparative mythology and comparative religion, with an emphasis on the tribal, bizarre, even primitive-seeming, societal ramifications of the various belief systems, that are unique to only one animal on Planet Earth: Humans.
Harry is a big fan of tall tales told around the campfire, the drama, and the slapstick, of the ancient and continuing story of Homo sapiens. He wonders about our ancestors, and how they became us, and what we, in turn, shall evolve to come to be.
Question: What happenings, from the history of our times, will inspire that future version of ourselves, to create their own tall tales; and how will we, as the characters in their stories, be visualized?
. . . . . . and so, the stories of the Players, those on the stage, and those in the audience, proceeds to an ultimate and unknown, and shared, denouement – we can only wonder: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and, How?

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"Why, it's all nonsense, Alyosha. Why do you take it so seriously?"
The Grand Inquisitor
Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881)
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