This fictional mission of Matthew was inspired by a series that I did on the Sermon on the Mount. I wanted to find a creative way for readers to ‘see’ the teachings of Jesus with fresh eyes. If you are a fan of the Bible, and Jesus in particular, I think that you are going to love The Rabboni.

– Dr. Bill Senyard

“He was the Son of God, the Messiah, no more and no less, but even saying that, how can one describe all that entails? I can’t, but I will attempt to say more than I did in my first concise account.”

~ Matthew in The Rabboni 

PRAISE for The Rabboni

“The Rabboni is a captivating journey through history, offering a compelling blend of biblical scholarship and storytelling that will resonate very well with readers interested in the early Christian era.” 

-K.C. Finn, Award Winning Author


“I was deeply touched by the book, moved to tears. It renewed the Sermon on the Mount for me and brought out Jesus’ sense of humor.” 

W. Elston

Reader’s Favorite Book Review

Rabboni: The Lost Mission Journals of St. Matthew

A Biblical Historic Fiction

These are the long-lost journals of the Apostle Matthew. He had finally completed his biography of the life of Jesus. Now, he and a colorful team of men and women, circumcised and uncircumcised, followed the dangerous missionary charge of Jesus to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Together, they boarded Roman ships to begin the very long journey to Axum (modern Ethiopia).

Matthew’s team was a striking testimony to the saving grace of their Lord. There was a former prostitute, a recovering opium addict, a shamed African princess, a freed Roman slave, and even a former member of the Sanhedrin who was present that evening Jesus was condemned to die.

Matthew is surprised how, of all the things he penned, it is Jesus’ preeminent and signature message on the hillside in Galilee that most captured the interest of unbelievers and stirred up so much misunderstanding and misinformation among his followers.

Narratively, Rabboni is structured around a new, groundbreaking exposition of the Sermon on the Mount by a recognized biblical scholar. It also shines new light on the consequential incense wars between the Nabateans and Rome, the ongoing animosity between Galilee and Judea, and the historically under-reported behind-the-scenes story of the turbulent last years of Jerusalem. And so much more.

Have you wondered what was John’s baptism was all about? What was going on between the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots? What really happened in 70 CE? Do you know why Judaism was spared total obliteration?

If you are interested in the history of the Jews and early Christians in the first century CE, you will love Rabboni.

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