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The Lazarus Effect: A Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Witherington III , Ann Witherington

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Archaeologist Art West makes the discovery of a lifetime in Jerusalem finding the tombstone of Lazarus, which indicates that Jesus raised him from the dead. But before he can make public his amazing discovery, the stone is stolen, sold to the British Library, and West is implicated in an antiquities fraud that will lead to a trial. West's Jewish and Muslim friends in Jerusalem rally to support West's innocence and to help find the thief who stole the stone, but then West is shot and in critical condition in a Jerusalem hospital. Can the truth be discovered in time, and West's life be saved? And what was on that Aramaic scroll that was found in Lazarus's coffin? In this fast-paced thriller, Ben Witherington, himself a NT scholar with a degree in English literature, together with his wife, Ann, introduces us to the life of an archaeologist and NT scholar and his trials and tribulations when a big find comes to light. Set in the always volatile city of Jerusalem, the Witheringtons reveal the fascinating hidden dimensions of multi-religious life in that Holy Place, and show how even today Christians, Jews, and Muslims can work together so the truth may come to light, and all may experience “the Lazarus Effect”—new life from the dead.

There's no thriller quite like an archaeological thriller, and when we find ourselves in a biblical mystery, the suspense and the drama are especially delicious. Set against the intense, exotic, and vivid backdrop of modern Israel, yet delving into the deepest mysteries of the time of Christ, The Lazarus Effect won't fail to entertain and inform. Highly recommended.
-Anne Rice, NY Times best-selling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Christ the Lord.

“Ben Witherington, the accomplished and acclaimed biblical scholar, offers a fast-paced, entertaining archaeological thriller with occasional winks to the biblical studies guild, the popularization of biblical studies in magazines and television shows, and recent controversies over ancient artifacts. Even better, The Lazarus Effect neatly portrays both the necessity of interfaith friendship and the dangers of defensive fundamentalism.”

-Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion and College of Arts and Science

The Lazarus Effect has it all—the discovery of an explosive archaeological find that stands to revolutionize our understanding of early Christianity, religious passions in the Holy Land, human longing and bravery and treachery. What sets it apart from other thrillers of its type is the deep biblical and archaeological knowledge the Witheringtons bring to their tale.
-Steven Feldman, Web Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review

"The Lazarus Effect is a rare, gripping, fast-paced, intelligent thriller that can keep you entertained, and actually change your worldview.  It's a wild ride through a tumultuous part of the world where you'll discover surprises that can make you think more deeply about some of the most important things in your life.  Once you start to read it, you won't be able to put it down!"

-Tom Morris, Author of The Art of Achievement and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric and The Logic of God Incarnate

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, and the author of over thirty-five books, including New York Times Best Seller The Brother of Jesus.

Ann Witherington is Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Asbury College. Ben and Ann have been married for over thirty years and have two adult children, Christy and David.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1556359640
  • Verlag: Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (1. Juni 2009)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anne Rice's Lazarus Effect Blurb 8. Oktober 2008
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"There is no thriller quite like an archaeological thriller and when we find ourselves in a Biblical mystery, the suspense and the drama are especially delicious. Set against the intense, exotic, and vivid backdrop of modern Israel, yet delving into the deepest mysteries of the time of Christ, The Lazarus Effect won't fail to entertain and inform. Highly recommended!"

Anne Rice-- NY Times best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles and Christ the Lord
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ben and Anne Witherington's Lazarus Effect 16. Januar 2010
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Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and has written many theological books about the historicity of the New Testament, including an excellent book refuting the supposed factual basis of the Da Vinci Code!
Now he and his wife Anne have written a fascinating archaeological thriller of their own about the discovery of the tomb of the biblical character Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead (John chapter eleven).
This book has a very credible backdrop - it refers to contemporary disputes in Archaeology such as the argument over the James Ossuary, a first century Ossuary with an inscription indicating that it held the bones of James the brother of Jesus, mentioned in the gospels. If it is genuine, it is the earliest physical evidence of Jesus' existence, and certainly adds to the large body of evidence confirming the historicity of the New Testament.
The authenticity of the James Ossuary has been disputed by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in a long-running court case, and the Jesus Seminar, a group of North American scholars who went through the gospels and decided on a fairly arbitrary basis which of Jesus' sayings were genuine and which were put in by later authors (their conclusions are not accepted by the vast majority of Biblical scholars including Ben Witherington III)
`The Lazarus Effect' is set in Israel and the protaganist Art West is based on Ben's grandfather, James Arthur West, who was also an archaeologist. Art West is a Christian of the Witherington mold - a believer determined to approach the New Testament rationally, historically, and with a view to cultural and archaeological context, and he is a well-written character with human frailties as well as heroism. While the first few chapters are a little stilted (perhaps showing signs of wanting a little extra editing for consistency), by the third or fourth chapter the book really drew me into the world of Art West, so that I was extremely disappointed to reach the last page, and was left wanting more.
The other characters in the novel are a medley of Christians, Jews, and Moslems, and there are `baddies' and `goodies' in each religious group, and some `baddies' who repent, and some `goodies' who forgive. Apart from the excellent archaeological and scholarly backdrop, which explores the theory of Ben Witherington III's that John's gospel was written by Lazarus, the book explores the consequences of various beliefs and the ways in which peaceful people who preach violent or intolerant messages can influence their followers to perform violent acts that the preachers would not necessarily condone, but also shows how the message of Jesus really contradicts every sort of violence, particularly violence done in the name of religion. Don't read this expecting the `get them before they get us' Redneck version of Christianity (a favourite target of Ben's in his blog.)
I thoroughly recommend this book, which has a far more robust and scholarly backdrop than so many other books that purport to deal with the historical reality behind the New Testament, and is a fast-paced thriller as well, with a Christian message about tolerance and forgiveness.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Learning light . . . 7. Oktober 2009
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This novel is a light and breezy "who done it," perfect for a day at the beach and still learning something. Not only will it introduce many readers to the intrigues of government interest in archeology, but provide them with an even more intriguing notion about a very sensitive Biblical question, all done up with a deft hand in an attempt to make it an enjoyable reading--and learning--experience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Archaeological Thriller That Will Make You Say "Dan Brown? Who's That?" 18. November 2008
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I was taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed this book. Ben Witherington is a respected New Testament academic, but until now, he has never written a novel. Most academics who take a stab at fiction fail miserably. They usually err on the side of spending too much time making sure the setting is historically plausible and they forget that there is this thing called a plot.

But this book has a great plot. Dr. Art West is an evangelical Christian archeologist who discovers the find of a lifetime, the tomb of Lazarus and Mary and Martha, with all sorts of goodies inside. But Dr. Patrick Stone's research assistant is spying on him, and he and Stone trap West in the tomb. West is "resurrected" moments later by his friend Mustafa.

But Stone steals the ossuary stone and some scrolls and seeks to pin the robbery and other assorted nasties on West. West becomes a suspect, and Stone escapes with the stone and takes it to London, where the British Library gives him $35 million dollars in exchange for the stone.

In the meantime, there are radical fundamentalist groups in Israel who do not want the news of the Lazarus discovery to be revealed. What will become of our hero and of the sinister Stone? Things are heating up in the Holy Land. Shots are fired. People are wounded. Lives are on the line. Read "The Lazarus Effect" to see what happens.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Numerous Oddities in the Text 2. November 2010
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This is the authors' first novel, and they have created a cast of interesting characters acting out their roles in the arena of biblical antiquities. One can surmise from Ben Witherington III that the antiquities market is as twisted by egos and dishonesty as other historical disciplines. I was interested in reading this novel in order to compare it with Paul Maier's excellent "A Skeleton in God's Closet." Maier's novel still sets the standard of comparison.

I would be reluctant to assess this story as a "thriller," as other reviewers have. Nor is it much of a mystery. The pace of the story is straightforward--not slow, but it just doesn't seem to meet expectations as a thriller, especially if one reads, say, Greg Iles and is used to that approach. The mystery element seems missing as well, as we are kept informed as to who is doing what all along the way. So, what do we have? I would say we have an interesting and informative archaeological crime story that is a vehicle for the presentation of a theory concerning the authorship of the Gospel of John.

My problem with this book, and I'm a bit surprised that it hasn't been noted by any other reviewers, is the numerous oddities and inconsistencies in the text, indicating that the authors were not well served by the book's publishers/producers. There are enough of these oddities that indicate the book was printed while a final editing was still necessary. I know I will sound pedantic and like a carping critic, but here are some of the things I noticed, and which got in my way of enjoying the book more fully.

On pages 55 and 65, we read a description of the attack in the park. Both passages are much the same, as if presenting the scenario to the reader for the first time. It seems unnecessarily repetitive.

Similar repetitive references are made to a "curley-headed man" watching the character Patrick Stone and Stone's lack of awareness of him. (pp.68-69).

On page 84, a character is introduced with the name Sedek. He is consistently referred to by this name except for one reference to him as Saddiq. Maybe the names are the same with just different spellings, but what is gained by changing the reference?

On page 109, a sentence reads (a character's dialogue): "If it's legal I plan is to go to the Bethlehem bus station . . . " "I plan is to go?" Now I know neither Ben or Ann Witherington wrote it that way, but it looks like one of those errors that can happen when dealing with computer files. Something got shifted around.

On page 127, a sentence reads: "And that, brings up one more thing." Why the comma after "that?"

On page 171: Why is "sttreet" spelled with two "t's?" On page 173 we read that "They road off to pick up Harry." ("Road" off?)

On page 178, 4th line down on the page, we read that Patrick Stone had forgotten to use his fake passport in Monaco "so preoccupied was he with he thoughts about the house." "He with he thoughts?"

On page 190, we see the sentence: "So the prosecution, may in fact have some fingerprints of yours from the derringer, right?" I'm not sure why there is a comma after "prosecution."

On page 210, reference is made to "Office David" where obviously "Officer David" is intended.

On page 215, we read that "Abdullah was not interested in cozying up to terrorist of any kind." Clearly "terrorists" - plural - is what is intended.

The journal mentioned in the story is referred to as both "Biblical Artifact" (singular on p. 204) and "Biblical Artifacts" (plural on p. 226).

On page 240, a character in the trial scene is described: "Benjamin Levi jumped up, 'Objection, your owner, calls for speculation.' " Clearly should be "Objection, your honor." Your owner?

On page 243, a letter from a radical tells of how he desired to "show myself worth of being a son of Zion . . ." "Worthy" would seem appropriate here, unless the authors intend to portray the person writing as not understanding English very well. However, this is not indicated in the rest of the communication in view.

Now, I admit that all this is a bit anal. However, I am a reader that notices these things, and they can only get in the way of one's appreciation of the story. What is unsettling about it is if this is the kind of treatment a publisher accords to someone of the prominence of Ben Witherington III, what can this possibly mean for the many obscure but hopeful authors just trying to break in to writing/publishing? The uptick in this kind of thing is a direct result, I would speculate, of the technology of today, and the ease with which an author or editor can create textual glitches inadvertently or as things get changed as they are brought from one's file into another computer used to prepare the production copy.

It's a very "touchy" problem, and growing I'm afraid.
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