Letters to Luke: From His Fellow Physician, Joseph Of Capernaum

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Little Dove Press, Apr 30, 2004 - Fiction - 560 pages
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A doubter becomes a believer in this historical novel grounded in the gospels. Winner of the Writers Digest Award for Inspirational Literature and the Independent Publishers Award for Religious Fiction. Joseph and Elisa, two young Jews trained in the healing arts, set up practice in Capernaum. One day they hear of a new healer in town -- a Nazarene called Jesus. He has no medical training, but cures with words and the touch of a hand. Joseph eagerly shares news of these miracles in letters to his friend Luke of Antioch, a physician he trained with in Athens. Elisa becomes a follower of Jesus but Joseph struggles with doubts. Could this man who eats and drinks with them be the long-awaited Messiah? Could God be the source of his healing power? Josephs letters to Luke reflect a man of science who slowly becomes a man of faith. As Passover nears, he and Elisa join Jesus and his company on their fateful journey to Jerusalem. They bear expert witness to his physical sufferings and death on the cross. But Josephs doubts resurface and he falls into a guilt-racked depression. Elisas faith, however, is strong enough to sustain them both until, three days later, he seess the risen Jesus for himself. Returning to Capernaum, Joseph and Elisa form a group of Followers of the Way of Jesus, newly committed to loving their enemies. That principle is soon tested when Saul of Tarsus charges into Capernaum on his way to Damascus, a company of soldiers at his command. Their horses stampede, many of Sauls men are seriously injured, and the two young doctors hold in their hands the lives of the people they most fear. Healing and housing the wounded soldiers is the first communal act of love by Followers of the Way, whose fledgling house-church grows as word spreads of their compassion.

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Author Joe E. Holoubek, a founder of LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, La., is one of 50 members of the Catholic Academy of Sciences USA. His extensive list of published works includes articles on cardiology, medical ethics and health care of the clergy.Holoubek, a Nebraska native, graduated from University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He spent five decades in Louisiana as an internal medicine physician and consulting cardiologist. He served as president of the National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds, the Louisiana Heart Society and Tri-State Medical Society. He and his wife, Dr. Alice Baker Holoubek, undertook decades of study of the physical aspects of death by crucifixion. They presented more than 300 one-hour meditations at churches and meetings in the South, throughout the nation and in the Holy Land. Dr. Joe and Dr. Alice were appointed by the pope to the Order of St. Gregory the Great for outstanding church and community work. They achieved the highest level of honor in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, dedicated to keeping open the Christian places in the Holy Land.Dr. Joe retired from practice in 1990. He began writing Letters to Luke four years later and published it privately in 2004.

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