A Skeleton In God’s Closet and More Than A Skeleton by Paul Maier
Imagine it is present day and a an archeological team has just unearthed bones in an Israel tomb which all point to be the bones of Jesus. But how can that be? If there are bones then doesn’t that change everything we know and believe about the resurrection?
This book is from my 2005 book journals. I am planning on converting my hand written reviews to Book Journey, and therefore will occasionally be presenting one of the amazing reads of my pre blog days.
This book qualifies as one of those amazing reads. I have always been a fan of a good suspenseful mystery. I also like a good Christian Fiction read. This one gave me a big dose of both with a little theology thrown in for good measure. The topic of this book blew me away.
What Paul Maier presents in this book is what would happen to the world in the face of the death of Christianity. Main character Johnathon Weber, an archeologist and Bible Scholar works hard against the clock to prove that these bones could not possibly be the bones of Jesus.
This book is for anyone who likes a good suspenseful novel that makes you think. To this day, this book brings back wonderful memories and I have two sets on my shelf. One is mine and one is to loan out to friends.
In Paul Maier’s follow up to A Skeleton In God’s Closet, archeologist Johnathon Weber is once again called to investigate what is either an elaborate 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. Is this the return of Jesus?
It seems everyone is a believer including Johnathon Webber’s wife Shannon.
You have to hand it to Maier…. he doesn’t mess around with light subjects. I devoured this book almost as soon as I closed the last page to A Skeleton In God’s Closet. Another book that really made me think…. how would I react in such evidence? Seeing is believing…. right? And if that’s the case…. I can truly understand how people must have struggled with Jesus performing such acts even when he did walk the earth.
The more I think about this book, the more I like it. This is another one that I have on my “keeper” shelf and have a spare around to loan out.
Dr. 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 theological thriller that became #1 national bestseller in Christian fiction: A Skeleton in God’s Closet. A sequel, More Than a Skeleton, appeared in 2003.
I purchased both books from Christianbooks.com