Robert Graves’ I, Claudius was the last book we’ve reviewed thus far, and I just noticed today that our friend Claudius hit the big time and made it into the Bible! I read the Tyndale One Year Bible every day, and today’s New Testament reading was Acts 11:1-30. Claudius is in verse 28:
One of them names Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.)
I went back to I, Claudius to check the dates of his reign versus my biblical knowledge of when the book of Acts took place before realizing that I could, in fact, Google the reference, where I came upon this explanatory site:
It’s him, and he’s referenced again in Acts 18:2, so I would say that he got the last word in over his ancestral naysayers, even if the references are not altogether positive. History is cool, and historical references in the Bible are even cooler!
Next up are reviews of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, followed by Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which I just started this week.