During the reign of King Herod of Judaea, an unwed teenage virgin called Mary is impregnated with a magical baby by the Holy Spirit. She and her fiancé Joseph travel to Bethlehem for a preposterous census, and Mary has to give birth in a stable. Meanwhile, a group of stargazing magi, who have traipsed hundreds of miles after a star, inadvertently inform the king of Judaea of the Messiah’s birth.
Herod’s Christmas Carol
King Herod, the infamous baby massacring tyrant of the nativity, is recast as Scrooge. On the day that would come to be known as Christmas Eve, he is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife Mariamne who has come to deliver a warning. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a journey to his past, present, and future. Will the king heed the spirits’ message and mend his ways, or will he forever be the villain that the Bible portrays him to be?
Parodies of A Visit from St. Nicholas and a selection of Christmas carols, and some nativity themed tweets.
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J. R. Eldridge was raised in the Church of England but lost his belief in his early teens. Despite being an atheist, he has a keen interest in the Bible, particularly textual criticism. Growing up, he was an avid reader, spending his evenings reading such books as the Discworld series and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
He has been writing stories, parodies, and poetry since an early age but kept this as a hobby until recently. The inspiration for his current book, The MisreadBible: Genesis, came when he began writing joke Bible verses on Twitter. When his account gained moderate popularity, he moved on to writing parodies of Bible stories.