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More Than a Skeleton: It Was One Man Against the World [Paperback]

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Pages   333
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 17, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595540032  
EAN  9781595540034  

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Jonathan Weber was at the helm of an action-packed archaeological dig in A Skeleton in God's Closet. Now, in More Than a Skeleton, Dr. Weber plays an integral part in the investigation of what is either a convincing, dangerous hoax or the return of Christ. When Joshua Ben-Yosef, an Israeli from Galilee--born in Nazareth to parents Mary and Joseph--begins assembling twelve followers, attracting crowds, and performing miracles, the world takes notice. Could Dr. Melvin Merton, well-known leader and author of end times books, have been correct about the imminent return of Christ? It seems everyone is a believer in this "Messiah,", including Weber's wife, Shannon--especially when Joshua performs the "ultimate sign" by raising his disciple from the dead. Plagued by skepticism, Weber may be the only one who can intervene before the very foundation of the Christian faith are shattered.

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What if Jesus made an unexpected appearance before His final coming?

Joshua Ben-Yosef attracts a huge following. He was born in Nazareth to parents named Mary and Joseph and speaks more than a dozen languages--fluently and without accent. His words ripple with wisdom and authority. And the crowds that follow him are enthralled as he heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, casts out demons, and even raises the dead.

Is Dr. Melvin Merton, the well-known leader and author of end-times books, correct about the imminent return of Christ? It seems everyone is a believer in this "Messiah"--including Jonathan Weber's wife, Shannon--especially when Joshua performs the ultimate sign by raising a disciple from the dead. Plagued by skepticism, Jonathan faces the ultimate challenge in uncovering whether this is the actual return of Christ or the most devastating hoax ever carried out.

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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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Great Book  Jun 9, 2008
What a great book. It keeps you guessing right up to the end. Good, clean reading.
Cheesy Christian fiction (Don't tell anyone I stayed up half the night to finish it...)  Apr 12, 2008
This is the type of book that I am sheepish about admitting I liked. I have read three of Maier's novels, starting with Flames of Rome, then The Skeleton in God's Closet, and finally this one, and I feel as though they became progressively sillier. However, if people can become agog for "religiously" themed pulp fiction like The Da Vinci Code with a straight face, then I guess it's okay to stay up late finishing a Christian thriller like this one.

The hero, Jonathon Weber, must once again save Christendom from threat, this time in the form of a charismatic man claiming to be Jesus Christ back on earth for an "intermediate coming." The final showdown takes place before the eyes of the world at an ecumenical "Vatican III." (Even Lutherans aren't immune to the mystique of Rome.)

The characters are underdeveloped, the dialogue is blush-inducingly cheesy, and the (very veiled, no threat to your modesty) sex scenes are hilariously corny (although I may be thinking more of The Skeleton in God's Closet here.) However, I appreciate the author's solid Christian background and his response to both anti-Church conspiracy-mongering and simple-minded End Times theology. This is not high literature, but if you are looking for a fun adventure story that isn't offensive to your faith, Paul Maier is your man.
An Enjoyable and Fast Read...  Dec 27, 2007
Having read and enjoyed two novels by Paul Maier, I looked forward to reading "More than a Skeleton." The book certainly didn't disappoint. The novel is a quick read as it isn't as technical as the book that preceeded it. Once again, some pretty well written satire comes into play (especially when a fictional televangelist "prophet" sues the main character). I agree with another reviewer that the scenario presented in this book is even more far fetched than that in "A Skeleton in God's Closet." However, this dosen't detract from the novel's enjoyability. Maier is able to keep the reader wandering whether Ben-Yosef is really the returned Christ or a diabolical imposter.
Not as good as its predecessor, but a good read nonetheless.  May 5, 2007
No spoilers

I'll start off by saying that More Than a Skeleton is not as good as book it is a follow up to, A Skeleton in God's Closet. I gave the latter five stars, while I give this book four stars. Having said that, this is still a good read and if you read and liked the first book, then you should by all means pick this one up too.

The plot descriptions here are pretty accurate, so I'll skip that. I will say that the reason why this book isn't quite as good is that it seemed to me to drag along in a few spots and I sort of wanted it to pick up. I'd describe the first book's pace as 100 mph without stopping at all to let you catch your breath, while I'd describe this book's pace as about 85 mph, but it was still a fun read.

If you've already read the first book (or the author's other works) then you know that one of the great aspects about Maier's writing is that he avoids the pitfalls of so many other authors of the religious (read Christian) mystery genre by not siding with either extreme: he's not too preachy about the greatness of religion, nor does he bash and attempt to discredit everything about religion.

Bottom line is that this book is great history and an interesting story, and if you liked the first book, then you will definitely devour this one too.
Awesome  Apr 4, 2007
Maier has such knowledge of Bible history & archeology. His stories are intriguing & fasinating. They keep you wanting more.

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