I began the trilogy without having a proper appreciation of Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee who became Saint Paul.
After his miraculous conversion, Paul assumed his role as the "Thirteenth Apostle," with the mission to go North as the "Apostle to the Gentiles." In that role, he was the first to reach Greece with the "Good News" and thus became the first Evangelist to penetrate the southern flank of the Continent of Europe.
One early morning it struck me. Benjamin could be another Paul--continuing in the latter's foot steps--following the catharsis he experienced over the weeks of his encounter and subsequent fellowship with John; Mark, and Barnabas, who all agreed that Ben had much in common with Paul. Like Paul, he was a Roman citizen by virtue of his parents, who as Jewish merchants and traders had things in common with Romans and their needs. As a result. Ben was wealthy, had the benefit of the highest level of education in Judaism, theology, philosophy and classical Greek literature; and also recognized some of the advantages derived from Greco-Roman civilization.
The hatred Ben soon developed toward the Romans had been his original motivation for escaping their control of his Jewish homeland. But after his encounter with the new Christians who were building the Church; his conversion and baptism by John; and all he had learned from the Apostle who spent two years in loving contact with Jesus, Ben's mission took on an inspiration that was clearly transcendent-- much the same as I feel about my trilogy.