With a great Kirkus review that only booksellers and librarians will see, I have to get it out to the rest of the world. I learned during the fall that I’m a crummy marketer. A woman I hired found hundreds of websites in my target audience range; she (and later another) blogger blogged about my book and video. That cost as many pennies as the mint used to make in a week but generated sales in the disaster range. So I hired a company, Smith Publicity, to do a three week blitz as we approach Easter. Now I’ll find out if the professionals are any better than at it I am.
The Church of the Circumcision
Who is the woman on the left of the above mosaic? Can you even see her in the shadows? Actually, she represents the Church of the Jews. The brightly-lit figure on the right embodies the Church of the Gentiles. The woman in the dark is a perfect example of how the Church plunged the Jewish followers of Jesus into the mists of history.
This mosaic is over the 'cypress doors' of the Church of Santa Sabrina in Rome. Built around 420-430 CE, it shows that the Church of the Jews was recognized as a prominent institution at that time. Its placement on the left, of course, shows its subservience to the Church of the Gentiles.
Being on the left, however, is symbolically apt: the Jewish followers of Jesus maintained his vision of establishing a kingdom of righteousness here on earth while the Gentile Church vigorously supported the establishment.
This is an important theme in my book, "Cover-Up: How History Silenced Jesus' True Heirs."