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A Skeleton in God's Closet (original 1994; edição 1994)

por Paul Maier (Autor)

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When an ancient skeleton is discovered in Israel, will it shed new light on the life of Jesus or plunge the world into chaos? 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 many fear will be the death rattle of Christianity. Carefully researched and compellingly written, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between faith and doubt when science and religion collide. In the end, it's a thought-provoking page-turner, driven by one man's determination to find the truth--no matter the cost.… (mais)
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Título:A Skeleton in God's Closet
Autores:Paul Maier (Autor)
Informação:Thomas Nelson Publishers (1994), 336 pages
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rabck from HI77; the author is a historian, and unfortunatly writes like one. A bit dry, but the methods described of what is involved with an archeaological dig were good. Essentially, the story boils down to discovery of some bones at a dig site, and some theoritically ancient information that's been "planted" ( )
  nancynova | Oct 24, 2020 |
Unreadable ( )
  fwbl | Aug 31, 2014 |
One of my favorite reads right before Easter. ( )
  Gary_Merriman | Mar 3, 2014 |
I know that Maier has a large following but I am giving up on this book. The plot is interesting and I like the archeological details but I am having problems with the writing style and the characters . ( )
  carolian35 | Dec 27, 2012 |
A Skeleton in God’s Closet by Paul L. Maier. Epiphany library section 13: adult fiction. This mystery involves Lutheran archeologist Dr. Jonathan Weber in an archeological dig in Israel that could shake the foundations of Christianity! When Weber finds a burial chamber on a dig, all signs point to a find of immense biblical significance. Whose bones are buried in the sarcophagus? What is the meaning of the Latin, Greek and Aramaic sayings found on parchment and papyrus? What do the words say? I could figure out the Latin. (I asked my husband if he could read the Aramaic and he could! This shows that Aramaic is very close to Hebrew, which he learned in Hebrew school.) Mysteries, mysteries!
When word of the find leaks out, the world’s press descends on Jerusalem. The pope and the White House get involved. Chaos reigns as the find’s significance is debated. Tiny samples of bone, papyrus, parchment and shroud are sent to scientific labs across the globe, subjected to rigorous, painstaking testing. Meanwhile, the besieged Jonathan visits his parents in Hannibal, Missouri, for a respite from the publicity, only to find his father, a Lutheran minister, questioning Jonathan’s findings from the pulpit. And what of Jonathan’s growing love for his colleague’s grown daughter on the dig? Will their love withstand the intense scrutiny of the find?
Yet Jon has niggling doubts – the find cannot be real or Christianity is a sham. He slowly begins to pick the logic apart and is nearly murdered in the exciting climax. The ramifications of the find keep you guessing as the plot develops. We readers question how we would react if such a find came to light. This is a very good idea for a mystery novel!! Maier adds just enough names of real people – Dan Rather or Lutheran theologian Martin Marty for example – with fictional characters to give the book a feeling of truth and reality. It almost reads like a well-structured documentary but in reality it is “just” a gripping mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the last page.
Maier is a professor of ancient history and has written religious books for both children and adults. His expertise gives this novel a feeling that you are right there in the middle of the story. You can find out what being an archeologist is really like without having to do all that studying. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Mar 9, 2012 |
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The greatest of the academic perks," Jonathan Weber often called it, though he himself had been too busy to take a sabbatical in recent years.
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When an ancient skeleton is discovered in Israel, will it shed new light on the life of Jesus or plunge the world into chaos? 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 many fear will be the death rattle of Christianity. Carefully researched and compellingly written, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between faith and doubt when science and religion collide. In the end, it's a thought-provoking page-turner, driven by one man's determination to find the truth--no matter the cost.

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