Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Constantine Codex Book Review
SUMMARY: For centuries, scholars have speculated about a lost book of the bible. No one has ever found it - until now.
A few pieces of centuries-old parchment tucked inside a tattered book lead famed archaeologist Jonathan Weber and his wife Shannon to what could possibly be the greatest find in church history - a discarded biblical manuscript whose ancient pages reveal a secret that will change the way the world views Scripture.
Is it one of fifty copies commissioned by Constantine the Great and lost for centuries? Or the most sophisticated forgery of all time?
When the manuscript is stolen, Jon is swept into a deadly race to find it and prove its authenticity before it's lost forever. Everything hangs in the balance - his career, his reputation, even his life - but he's willing to risk it all in one final daring attempt to determine the truth.
REVIEW: This is a wonderful book!! The author kept my attention from the very beginning and held it to the very end. The work Jon and Shannon do seems like a modern day Indiana Jones. The concept of finding a second book of Acts written by Luke and the ending of the gospel of Mark peaked my interest. The possibility of finding them, and possibly other letters written to the early church, in the libraries of ancient churches around the world makes me wish I could read ancient Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic and go look myself. Even if you aren't a bible scholar, I think you will enjoy this book and be able to follow along fairly easily.
Dr. Maier has written two other books using the characters Jon and Shannon Weber but each one is independent and stands well on it's own (think Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan). After reading this book, I think I'm going to go by the library to see if I can find the other two.
This book was provided by Glass Road Public Relations for review without compensation.
Dr. Paul L. Maier is the professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University and a much-published author. His novels include the bestselling thriller A Skeleton in God's Closet and its sequel, More Than A Skeleton. Over five million books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals. Visit his website at www.paulmaier.com.