In the land of Israel, the decades following the crucifixion of Christ were filled with tension, chaos and rebellion. In John Neeleman’s novel “Logos,” Jacob ben Aaron is a Jew, a learned polyglot priest whose carpentry skills were gained at the side of his honored father Aaron, who maintained the vast sumptuousness of the Temple of Jerusalem. Aaron had told his son: “Our fathers built the Temple. We are carpenters and builders for kings and priests. We are of the House of David.” Jacob’s mother Helen is an erudite woman fond of stylish clothes, cosmetics and perfume.