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More Than a Skeleton: Shattering Deception or Ultimate Truth?

By Paul L. Maier (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.21 lbs.
Binding  MP3 CD
Release Date   Aug 25, 2006
Publisher   BRILLIANCE AUDIO #858
ISBN  1423303377  
EAN  9781423303374  

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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 the most 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 the "Messiah"--including Jon's wife, Shannon--especially when Joshua performs the "ultimate sign" by raising his disciple from the dead. Plagued by skepticism, Jon may be the only one who can intervene before the very foundations of the Christian faith are shattered. Abridged. Read by J. Charles.

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?The man who saved Christianity? - grateful words spoken by millions after Dr. Jonathan Weber revealed the truth about an archaeological dig two years ago. But Jon isn?t interested in the hype. He's far more concerned with how people are being misled by prophecy enthusiasts and their bizarre end-times scenarios, particularly the wrong-headed predictions of his nemesis, Melvin Morris Merton. Still, Jon is a professor, not a crusader. He's happy with his life of teaching (Harvard and Hebrew University), writing (a best-selling ?biography? of Jesus), and research (Near East studies). He's also a newlywed, deeply in love with his brilliant and beautiful wife, Shannon. Not even an annoying lawsuit from Merton can shake his world. But Joshua Ben-Yosef can.This Israeli speaks a dozen languages - fluently and without accent. His words ripple with wisdom and authority, and crowds follow him, enthralled. He heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, casts out demons, and even raises the dead.Once again, Jon is drawn into a hot pursuit of the truth that at times casts him into the very lonely, very dangerous role of one man against the world. Review the evidence, join the dig near Nazareth that uncovers a first-century mosaic, and find out if three lines of Hebrew could change the course of history.

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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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Looked forward to reading--disappointed  Jul 31, 2006
I really liked the first book--A Skeleton in God's Closet--as kind of a DaVinci Code alternative. I was really looking forward to this one, but just could not get into it. Besides all the alcohol usage and the semi-suggestive love scenes, the main character hardly seems to be a spiritual person. (The same issues could be raised in the first book, but the plot really [...] in.)

While I agree with much of the author's eschatology, I dislike the way that he makes fun of and dismisses so many Christians who hold the popular dispensational view. Not all dispensationalists are raving lunatics. Many have very solid minsitries--men like John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Erwin Lutzer, Joe Stowell, Woodrow Kroll, Warren Wiersbe and countless others. It seems that the author thinks more highly of the pope than evangelcials who hold a different eschatology.

However, there is a little chart in the book that illustrates all the different millennial views. I used it in my Sunday school class and it was very helpful.

Bottom line--just too much stuff I want to read for me to stick with this one. Disappointed.
Throught Provoking Concept  Jan 4, 2006
I have to say, a lot of people will find this book to appear unbiblical if they do not know their Scriptures exceptionally well. The Scriptures do not say, "The 2nd Coming is the final coming" - otherwise the dispensational millenialists ("Left Behind" ideology) would really be in trouble since they have at least 2 returns of Christ, the "hidden" rapture before the tribulation (book 1 in the Left Behind series), as well as the "glorious appearing" (the final book in the Left Behind series).

This book is a good example of what theologians (like myself) refer to as "speculative theology" - theology based not on what Scripture says, but what Scripture has not discussed one way or the other. He asks the question: could Christ have an "intermediate return" before the "glorious appearing," but nothing like what the "Left Behind" ideology is projecting? Could the current state of Israel be about bringing forth this intermediate return, and not the final one? Or could it have nothing to do with the final return? All these questions are thrown out there for the reader to contemplate and consider. Excellent piece, well worth the money.
Disappointing Takes away the "Blessed Hope"  Aug 5, 2005
This type of book takes away the "Hope" and the "comfort one another with these words" spoken of by the Apostle Paul. Of course, it is FICTION and should be read as such. Anyone who studies their Bible would never believe the fallacies put forth in this book. Jesus is coming soon. If we survive the tribulation, we'll KNOW EXACTLY when the second coming is (when every eye shall see him) So that leaves one with the question, "When does our Lord and Saviour arrive as a thief in the night?" Doesn't even deserve one star.
rather disappointed (possible spoilers)  Jul 19, 2005
I read Maier's first book A Skeleton In God's Closet at least 5 times and will read it again. It's excellent. I was very excited to see a sequel, but was sadly let down.

1. Even tho I completely agree with his amillenium end-times view and worry that the hyper-new-prophecy-a-minute crowd IS damaging the cause of Christ, I was uncomfortable with how the author, thru his character Jon, TRASHED real people and authors. This put a sour taste in my mouth from the get-go.

2. Something I could never figure out was why Jon never went to the end times scriptures to discredit the obviously silly notion of Jesus returning for a quickie 'second chance' scenario.

3. The plot by the Jesus/Joshua figure and his brain being affected by chemical compunds that made him brilliant (as well as revealing the whole plot to his victim) is reminiscent of a comic book scenario and not worthy here (in fact it had an 'Austin Powers' flair of not personally witnessing an unnecessarily complicated death). It came off as pure cheese.

4. The Scriptures are pretty darn clear. It doesn't take much study to know that the whole stinkin' planet wouldn't just swallow this scenario hook, line, and sinker--besides Jesus eschewed so much of the pomp and circumstance Joshua apparently expects in this story.

5. The book was uneven and felt like it had a point to prove instead of a story to tell. But I'll give Maier another chance if he write's something new!
What would you do if Jesus came back?  May 22, 2005
This is the second "thriller" by Paul Maier. I found the first one, A Skeleton in God's Closet, more enjoyable (involving several twists to the story) and richer in theological information. This novel too was spell binding. What would happen if Jesus came back to earth and convened a Third Vatican Council? How would you address Him, if you were invited to have dinner or spend time with Him? The thought of such privileged familiarity brought tears to my eyes. Personally, I do not think I would address Him as "Master" (a title which in English reminds me more of respectable Kung Fu teachers, or worse yet, scenes involving Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein), but "Lord", and probably ask Him a few questions of my own. Anyway, the story will keep you glued to the chair and make you want to read "a few more pages" before putting the book down for the day. If you are looking for thrills, this book will do fine as a nice summer read. However, if one of the things you are looking for when reading a novel is also to be educated, I would recommend Gospel (by Wilton Barnhardt), which is richer in content and sells only for a few bucks on Take my word for it! And, yeah! As the novel reminds us, those of us who are Christians, should not forget to watch out for Theological Enemy n. 2 (the first one being Arianism), namely Ebionism.


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