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A Skeleton in God's Closet

By Paul L. Maier (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.56" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.21 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   Aug 25, 2006
Publisher   BRILLIANCE AUDIO #858
ISBN  1423303415  
EAN  9781423303411  


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Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that could be the death rattle of Christianity. Meanwhile, Weber's strong interest in Shannon Jennings, daughter of the dig's director, is an exhilarating complication. Carefully researched and compellingly written, this fast-paced thriller takes you from the dust of an archaeological dig to the laboratories of dedicated scientists to the halls of political and religious power, where world reaction is instant, fierce, and shattering. Moreover, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between doubt and faith, science and religion, and one man's determination to find the truth--no matter what the cost. Read by J. Charles. Abridged.

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Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that could be the death rattle of Christianity. Meanwhile, Weber's strong interest in Shannon Jennings, daughter of the dig's director, is an exhilarating complication.Carefully researched and compellingly written, this fast-paced thriller takes you from the dust of an archaeological dig to the laboratories of dedicated scientists to the halls of political and religious power, where world reaction is instant, fierce, and shattering. Moreover, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between doubt and faith, science and religion, and one man's determination to find the truth - no matter what the cost.

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More About Paul L. Maier

Paul L. Maier Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries — Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome — as well as A Skeleton in God’s Closet, a theological thriller that became a #1 national bestseller in religious fiction when it first released. Sequels, More than a Skeleton and The Constantine Codex, followed in 2003 and 2011.

His nonfiction works include In the Fullness of Time, a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus: The Essential Works, a new translation / commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius: The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than five million of Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently on national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, and current Christianity.

Paul L. Maier lived in the state of Michigan. Paul L. Maier was born in 1662 and died in 1752.

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I got mad, then it hit me!!  Mar 7, 2007
This little book is terrific for showing believers just how important the resurrection of Christ is to our faith. Without the resurrection, there is no Christianity -- that's why so many people are looking for the bones of or the "progeny" of Jesus Christ. If he left his bones behind, he didn't rise from the grave; if he left progeny, he was simply a man and could not have resurrected. The story line here is intriguing - I threw it across the room three times because I was so into the plot. Paul L. Maier is a terrific writer!!
 
An old story in the news again!  Mar 6, 2007
I read this book when it first came out after hearing Dr. Maier speak at a about the historical roots of Christianity. Although, as a history buff, I like the history that archeology uncovers more than the archeology itself. Therefore, I preferred his other "documentary" novels better than this one, but it is still good enough to rate 5 stars. Especially now that two years after publication, the story is unfolding in real life with the discovery of the "Holy Family Ossuary." I remeber hearing the story on the news and saying to myself, "Wait a minute, I already read this one!" Anyone who hasn't read this book yet needs to in light of the work Cameron is doing on his documentary.
 
Great book, but some objections  Mar 1, 2007
A Skeleton in God's Closet is a story for the ages: how would the world be changed if somehow the bones of Jesus Christ, the One Christians claim has resurrected in body and spirit, were discovered? Archaeologists Jon Weber and Austin Jennings, on a dig at Rama, find several hints leading to the conclusion that Joseph of Arimathea moved Jesus' bones, and that the empty tomb discovered by the disciples was not a result of their Savior's resurrection! But will their findings prove to be authentic? What lengths would anyone take to forge something to this degree? Could the Christian world soon come to an end? Read this novel to find out!

Paul Maier seems to know his stuff when it comes to archaeology, as well as Biblical history, ancient middle-eastern languages, and geography. That knowledge, combined with a gripping plotline, make this an enjoyable read. It was, at times, hard to put down!

However, like many other reviewers, I found the romantic subplot to be forced, artificial, shallow, and vomit-inducing. How could so many readers concur on this, and yet the publishers/editors let it go? Let alone the author, who should have known better than to put this drivel in the story. This is the main reason for the removal of one star.

Besides this, though, I found the dialogue to be quite weak in many instances. There were times when characters searched for just the "right" word (and often falling short), while at other times, especially when these characters should have been so beyond their wits that they couldn't think lucidly, that they said some amazingly witty things! A more critical look at this by editors (and the author himself, once again) could have made things a lot smoother.

Third, I thought the end was quite far-fetched, and while some of the plot twists were clever, others didn't sit well with me. There were many Macguyver-esque moments that may have passed for "cool" back in the 80s, but I like my cheese melted over pizza... not in my super-heroes. Note: the protagonist actually stumbled, seemingly by luck, over a lot of his discoveries. I guess that could be interpreted as divine intervention, though.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and will look into Maier's other writings... but also pray there are no more cheesy romantic interludes.
 
Who moved the stone?  Feb 9, 2007
This book was so much more entertaining to read than "The DaVinci Code" that there was simply no contest. The accuracy of the archaeological details, the points on which interpretation of Greek and Aramaic words turn, and the working out of the consequences of the discovery, were simply fascinating.

However, on finishing the book I found the solution to the puzzle ultimately rather unsatisfactory. The reason is that it didn't account for a very big logical hole in the sequence of events. I will try to state it so that those who have read the book will recognize what I am talking about, without giving away too much of the plot. (Still, those of you who haven't read it yet might want to come back to the review at this point after you finish the book.) The whole credibility of the archaeological "find" depends on the manuscript that accompanies it. That manuscript reveals just when the removal so crucial to the book occurred. Subsequently, the manuscript ties in with the biblical resurrection narrative, according to which the tomb was sealed and guards were placed around it. But the whole plot utterly fails to account for the well-known conclusion to that narrative: notwithstanding the guards and the seals, at dawn the stone closing the tomb was found to have been rolled back, and the tomb was found empty. My question to the author thus is (to use the title of a popular book on the subject): Who moved the stone? You haven't provided a logical answer in the form of some kind of human agency with an appropriate motive. The validity of the evidence for resurrection hinges on the fact that there is no good answer to that question, so the resurrection must have occurred (see the above-named book, by Frank Morison). The French monk who claims to be guilty could have had a far better ground for charging a forgery if he had simply pointed out that the sequence of events described in the manuscript didn't add up.

Anyway, I still enjoyed the book, and will recommend it to others.
 
Interesting idea, bad execution  Nov 19, 2006
The short summary of this book sounded like it would be an interesting story. Unfortunately, the writing ruined it. A few things about the writing kept making me cringe page after page. One, the dialog. The conversations were juvenille and could only happen in the imagination of someone who doesn't know anything about how people communicate. Two, the use of exclamation points in the dialog! Every, and I mean every(!), conversation was peppered with them! Third, the amount of pauses, indicated by '...'. Again, almost every conversation had them, as if no one was intelligent enough to think of a whole sentence at one. And fourth, the amount of stressed words in the dialog, indicated by italics. This wouldn't seem so bad, but I kept thinking that the wrong words were being stressed.
About the story itself, this thriller/whodunit moved with a pretty good pace. The revelation of who was behind the conspiracy did surpise me. I had already guessed when the 'crime' occurred, I just didn't guess who did it.
The secondary story, the romance, was totally unbelievable. Phoney circumstances, phoney dialog, phoney emotion. Almost nausea-inducing, really.
Someone should take the book, rewrite the dialog, tone down the romance, and this would be a winner. It would probably make a pretty good movie, too.
 

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