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A Skeleton in God's Closet: A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Paul L. Maier
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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 what the cost.


When an ancient manuscript that seems to undermine the story of the Resurrection is followed by an archaeological discovery that seems to support it, Dr. Jonathan Weber, a Harvard biblical scholar, is determined to find out whether they are part of an elaborate hoax.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2692 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas Nelson Publishers (1. Januar 1994)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000S1L5UA
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.4 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (20 Kundenrezensionen)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 5. Juli 2000
The romance is the kind we nerds like. By some miracle, and against all reason, the beautiful girl falls in love with the geek. Hey, I'm all for it! :) This may be why it lacks the depth everyone seems to be looking for.
Onto the book. I have to say that this was an excellent read. It created a very scary plot, and then went, after creating an apparent noose for Christianity, to smash it down and expose the truth. Fantastic.
One reviewer complained that it portrayed "fundies" as being too extreme and that the reaction would not be that bad. Speaking as an evangelical (and, judging by his other work, Maier is also), I can say that while I wouldn't hang myself, I would be absolutely desolate if they somehow "proved" that they had Jesus' body. I'm sure others would react worse.
Why would he create truth? Same reasons the reviewer below exhibited. He had great animosity towards the Christian faith. Why? Don't ask me. Maybe because it doesn't applaud mankind and presents a scenario involving humbleness for forgivness. Many people deny Christ not out of actual intellectual reasons (those who do are invited to read Maier's book IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME or just type "Christian Apologetics" into the book-search box), but because it takes too much humility to admit one's own guilt. They WILL disbelief. That is why most people appeal to "hypocrisy" or "anti-Semitism" as the root of why they do not accept Christianity. Both claims are easily explored, and both are also utterly irrelevant to whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. So please -- do you ignore the facts of history because you feel they are unproven, or because you have a problem with pride?
God bless,
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 95% meat, 5% creme filling 23. November 1999
One of the few books that has held my attention hostage. A fantastic "What if?" story on a spell-binding subject. Will definitely make Christians and non-Christians think harder when it comes to the ressurection of Jesus. Could have done without the gilded romances and the legion of ultra beautiful geniuses - but alltogether its a substantive read for people of average intellect such as myself. Worth the money.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dr. Maier a better historian than novelist 10. Januar 1999
Having read and enjoyed both Pontius Pilate and Flames of Rome, I was disappointed to find that A Skeleton in God's Closet lacked the quality of the author's earlier historical novels. Granted, Dr. Maier's latest novel offers insight into archeology and history, while also forcing the reader to think about the theological implications of the 'discovery' of the bones of Christ. The story also offers suspence and entertainment. As literature, however, A Skeleton in God's Closet leaves much to be desired: Dialogue is at times superfluous to the story, certain scenes border on the sensationalistic, and the treatment of romance is awkward. The subject matter itself deserves more literary and theological subtlety than is delivered in this novel. I do not think that the implications of the discovery of Jesus' body can be as easily surmised as they appear to have been in the writing of A Skeleton in God's Closet. There is already too much 'religious' fiction that strips the mystery away from spiritual themes by treating them as material for best-selling thriller novels. Dr. Maier would have done well to stay with the writing of his excellent historical documentary novels rather than add to the plethora of 'Christian' best-seller novels.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Stimulating and Provocative Read. 12. Juni 1999
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This is the first book I read in the genre 'Theological Thriller'. The book represented the world really well. It depicted one way the world could react to the discovery of Jesus' bones. It was an intense read at times forcing me away from sleep to continue another chapter. I enjoyed the book thoroughly except for one thing, the romance. There was a relationship between the main character and another character that seemed out of place and a bit forced. This was a pretty minor thing though. I just dismissed the relationship as just a vessel for more conflicts and complications to intensify the situations. I give it a 4 out of 5 because there were some instances where it was slow but they were pretty slight, but this combined with the relationship brought it down a little. As I said, overall I love the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a good, captivating read.
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'Un-questioning I read, and my world fell apart. I let my mind become intwined in this terrifying plot, and my Faithful stand crumbled to dust. I could not take my self out from this created world, where the promises I hold dear were being threatened. I began to fight the thoughts, and push away opressing posibility. I put the book down. It was like an episode of "Sliders" The world was not right.'
This was me before I finished the book. I allowed myself to be swept away by this realistic plot. And I regret nothing. This book allowed me to see the posibilitys and to experience them. It strenghtened me in ways that I can't decribe. If a person is wishing to experience what life would be like without Christ, I recomend reading this book and letting yourself become totally involved. It is incredible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fesselnde Unterhaltung
Paul L. Maier ist Professor für Altertum an der Western Michigan University und vice president der Lutheranischen Kirche - Missouri Synode (zweitgrößte... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. November 2006 von R.S.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than I expected
I agree, sometimes the archaology explanations were a bit unknown to me, it did not make me loose interest in this book. On the contrary, I was so engrossed by this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2000 von "dominiquesigne"
3.0 von 5 Sternen Great Concept - Mediocre Execution
The plot concept is intriguing; but I'm about halfway through the book and have found the prose to be clumsy, and some of the characters to be caricatures. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von InfoGeek
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I have ever read.
I had trouble putting this one down from the very first page. Well-written, intelligent archaeological discussions, intriguing plot. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Dezember 1999 von Anna Sue Edwards
5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING
This is the best fiction book I've ever read. I recommend it to everyone I can. It is thought- provoking, intense, well written (with an amazing attention to detail... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book
This book made you wonder if it could really happen. And as a theologian, I can say that he covered every detail and almost had ME questioning my beliefs.
Am 3. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Wow. What a book
As a Christian, I read this book and found it very challenging in a good way. Not only is it a interesting, entertaining, and plausible story, but I found myself having to remind... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Well researched with a great plot line
I always enjoy learning factual information in a fiction book. This was a great book that I would recommend to anyone. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. März 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Lame
I do agree that this novel was very well written.It has an interesting plot, intense characters, a very intelligent developement and sound arguments. I just could not see why Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
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