Tyndale House Publishers (May 18, 2011)
What better matched pair could you find than an archaeologist and a Harvard professor of Near Eastern Studies both living a strong Christian faith and seeking out treasures and history linked to the founding of Christianity following Christ’s resurrection and ascension in the 1st century AD. On a dig in Pella, Shannon, the archaeologist of this pair discovers a document in church archives near the dig site that will precipitate momentous events for Christianity and especially the Eastern Orthodox church whose collection holds this amazing find. Upon her return the latest edition (an Arabic translation) of Jon’s book, Jesus of Nazareth, soon overshadows any other plans the couple may have when a mistranslation using the word evil where the original used challenge threatens their safety as well as the relatively calm state of world affairs.
Maier presents readers with a plot chockfull of mystery and suspense yet manages to keep Truth at the forefront of the story and interjects a number of other elements into a well-rounded story that will engage readers at a variety of intellectual levels, with numerous areas of interests, and maintain a family-friendly content rating though youngsters likely won’t yet have the mental capacity to process much of the material in this book nor in most cases would the content of this book appeal to their interests and tastes. The depth of both detail and intricate plotting Maier exhibits set a truly daunting challenge before other authors to reach or exceed. (ISBN#9781414337746, 400pp, $13.99)