Over on Xtalk Zeba Crook recommends a new-is novel by Nino Ricci called Testament. It sounds interesting and, according to Zeb, it is impressive for its historical knowledge of the first century. Here is Ricci's official website:
And there is plenty of information (Search Inside, etc.) on Amazon, as well as very cheap used copies:
Testament: A Novel
I am looking forward to reading it.