I’ve been listening to the Old Testament as I drive to work these days and am working through Isaiah right now. The titular character, like many other key OT figures, is a prophet commenting on the life and times of his nation and culture. Thinking like a publisher, it occurred to me that if you think of the 66 books of the Bible as nonfiction backlist, they are the divinely inspired version of “Firefly,” i.e. a high-quality and popular series that produced way too few episodes.
At an average of roughly 1-4 books per generation, the ~70 generations between 70 AD and today could support as many as 280 additional books of the Bible, each telling the history of a nation or set of nations over a generation or two. The implied author would be a prophetic persona, the style Biblical, probably more like NIV than KJV. Many challenges and opportunities in this approach. For example, how about a New Apocryphica covering the years 1776 to 1815? A clever author could use this as a platform to comment about the history of the entire world, Napoleon, China, Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and all.