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The Constantine Codex (Jonathan Weber #3)

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Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is finally enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight once again. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon—a seasoned archaeologist—uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional book of the Bible. If proven authentic, the cod ...more
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Published by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 18th 2011)
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Bob Hayton
Only if Indiana Jones were to discover a lost book of the Bible, battle his way past Islamic terrorists and later sneak into the inner recesses of the Vatican — only then, would an adventure story compare favorably with those envisioned by Dr. Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University. Dr. Maier is famous for his academic work which includes accessible editions of Eusebius and Josephus. His fiction works, however, have sold millions of copies, and with A Skeleton in ...more
James Shimp
Aug 10, 2015 James Shimp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recipe for Constantine Codex:

- Take one modern day Indiana Jones. Remove whip, hat, wit, adventure, rugged charm, humor... On second thought, leave out Indiana Jones. Take one Robert Langdon. Remove any vestiges of adventure whatsoever.

- Add one Stepford Wife, double-checking to ensure that no independent thought or initiative has sprouted.

- The protagonist will be the central, yet strangely least compelling of your ingredients. Ensure that you bolster his flavors by adding several cups of pompo
A Skeleton in God's Closet was extraordinarily important to me when I read it as a teenager because it helped me grapple with the central importance of the ressurection of Jesus as the heart of the Christian faith, but I have been loathe to revisit it in subsequent years because I suspected that, as a novel, it probably wasn't really as good as I remember it being. Reading this sequel gives further support to those suspicions.

Perhaps I know the scholarly terrain that underlies the premise of thi
Abbie Riddle
Jul 16, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a archaeological dig Shannon is disappointed at what she has unearthed, hoping to have found something of more value she decides to visit an old church built on ancient grounds. There in the dusty caverns of the library she comes across a codex (or letters) tucked into a book. Not knowing exactly what she has stumbled upon she asks to take the manuscript home with her for her husband Jon, a Professor and renowned author, to look at. Upon looking at it they find what appears to be an important ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12~

Sometimes I take for granted the power and beauty of the Scriptures. I recently finished a book that brought this home to me in an entertaining way: The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier.

In this novel, archeologists Jon and Shannon Weber uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing
Scott Klemm
Jan 09, 2012 Scott Klemm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier is his third novel featuring the famed archaeologist Jonathan Weber. In this book Dr. Weber and his wife Shannon stumble upon one of the lost copies of the Bible commissioned by the emperor Constantine in the early fourth century. It is found in a so-called geniza or storage room for discarded or damaged manuscripts at the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul (Constantinople). What makes this find of such great importance is that not only is it the ear ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of attending several seminars of Paul Meier's about 10 years ago. He has devoted his life to deep study of scripture and ancient civilizations and he is VERY smart...yet he has a way of speaking that is not condescending but rather allows those of us who have not studied these topics to really understand. Unfortunately in his fictional works, this can come across as condescending. Since I've heard him speak before I very much identify with him as the Jon Webber character. I lo ...more
Paula Howard
Jul 24, 2012 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Constantine Codex is the third book in which the main characters are Jon and Shannon. Dr. Maier uses research and his knowledge as a professor of Ancient History to create wonderful religious novels centered around the finds within archaeology. While the 1st two novels, A Skeleton in God's Closet and More Than a Skeleton, involved archaeology they dealt more with the difference between the Roman Catholic faith and main line protestantism versus fundalmentalist Christianity. The Constantine C ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the main plot of the book is a thrilling search after an archeological find to uncover an ancient manuscript that could lead to another bible, and the forces who don't want this codex to be made public, I found the secondary plot more interesting, as it contained a debate between a Harvard professor and a expert theologian in Islam comparing Christianity with Islam. The content of the debate provides good arguments equally for each religion, while not shying away from pointing out inconsis ...more
L.T. Fawkes
Paul L. Maier, $9.39 on Kindle *** Are there important relics lying buried and undiscovered in rubble? Important parchments lying in anonymity in remote corners of the world's libraries and churches? Of course there are.

This is the fictional story of the discovery of a pair of such documents. Not much drama, and the main characters are a little too good to be true, but a good tale nonetheless, and with an uplifting sub-plot.

I enjoyed this book, but I got it when it was offered FREE on Kindle. I
Oct 10, 2011 Joyce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Maier recently retired as a professor at Western Michigan University in ancient history. This is his second sequel to "A Skeleton in God's Closet," a religious thriller, kind of like Indiana Jones meets Robert Langdon. This time, Jon and Shannon Weber uncover what might be a missing book of the Bible. The book dwells a bit too much on academic issues that probably have little interest to the general public, the characters fail to come to life, and it is probably 100 pages longer than it nee ...more
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 Brick ONeil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per Amazon, This is book 3 of 3 in A Skeleton In God's Closet Series. It is preceeded by More Than a Skeleton and A Skeleton in God's Closet.

Having read a ton of books over my life, there are different levels or formats of writing. There is low-brow, high-brow and the like. This falls somewhere in the middle, as Dr. Maier has a Ph.D. and the writing is simple if not clunky. I imagine his editors, publishers, agents asked him to write a lower standard of English. It's not that it takes away from
Andy Dale
Sep 01, 2014 Andy Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book about a discovery of a 3rd book of acts and lost chapter of mark of the books of the bible. It is about a married couple who are archaeologists and bible scholars. They find a hidden ancient bible in an old church in turkey. I found it kind of convenient how they stumbled on it and would have appreciated a more complicated, circuitous discovery of this ancient book. And, not much is new in the books that are discovered, so the discovery was kind of a letdown. A large ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Constantine Codex by Paul L Maier is an interesting adventure centered around the finding of an old manuscript that could be very important to the Christian World and maybe even change the Bible. It is fascinating at times and slow at other times. There is a part of the book devoted to a debate where Dr. Jon Weber has to defend Christianity against the Islam religion. I thought this part, though important to the book, could have been done in a few less chapters than it was. The overall plot ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the premise and the story of this book, but there was entirely too much time spent on a scholarly debate over whether Islam or Christianity is more likely to be "correct."

It was clear that the author was very invested in showing why Christianity is more likely to be correct, which is fine in a book marketed as Christian fiction. As a nonreligious person, I can intellectually understand why a reader in the target demographic for a Christian fiction book would be invested in such a deba
Mar 23, 2012 Genie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not very good-- very superficial, lots of issues and descriptions that were just not credible.
Nov 14, 2011 Chrissy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clunky dialogue kills me every. single. time.
Jan 20, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier is a pretty riveting story full of history, archeology, theology, mystery and suspense. It took me a bit to really get into the book but once I did, I was hooked. Christian Fiction has certainly come a long way!

Jonathon and Shannon Weber are the main characters. Jonathon is a history professor for Harvard and his wife is an archaeologist. The opening finds Shannon at a dig where she makes an amazing find! It leads them on a search across the world to find a
Jan 25, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is quiet possibly one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to try and read. I'm usually pretty good with finishing books and I don't have hugely high expectations but this was really dire.

I got to 30% into the story and nothing had really happened. I mistakenly thought this book would be similar to Dan Browns books. How wrong I was. Finishing the manuscript was so mundane I almost didn't realise that would play a role in the book. The narrative between the two main characters w
Larry Farlow
Jul 30, 2012 Larry Farlow rated it it was ok
The premise is intriguing. A biblical scholar and his wife discover a copy of the New Testament older than any that currently exists – going back to the time of the emperor Constantine. This by itself would be a major find and a boon to biblical scholarship but there’s more, it’s not just an older copy but one with additional text never before seen. This raises the question of canonicity – should this new material be included in the Bible? Against this backdrop the protagonist also finds himself ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Shannon, about to call it quits wither her excavation of a possible site of great historical importance, almost on a whim visited the nearby current-day building with hopes of discovering ancient church records. But when Father Athanasius opened a precious copy of Eusebius’s Historia Ekklesiastica to where Eusebius credits his original source, Hegesippus, the 5 pages of parchment serving as a bookmark stole her attention…5 pages that could bring sweeping changes to church history. With Jon, her ...more
May 23, 2012 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Maier scores another win in this his latest offering of historical fiction. This genre allows for and actually invites discussion of broader issues that the author may or may not have an agenda in promoting. Unlike the sensational claims made in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code", Maier does not make attacks upon traditional Christianity (he himself being an Evangelical Christian). He does nevertheless touch upon subjects related to historical Christianity that the reader may never have thoug ...more
Victor Gentile
Jun 29, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul L. Maier in his new book, "The Constantine Codex" Book Three in the Jonathan Weber series published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us an adventure that will change the way we look at the Bible.

The Dictionary defines "Codex" as, " a manuscript book especially of Scripture, classics, or ancient annals". It seems that Constantine the Great had fifty copies of the Bible commissioned, remember back then there were no copiers everything was written by hand. Most of these Bibles were lost or de
Clockstein Lockstein
The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier is the third book in the Skeleton series. Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber acquired a national reputation for great discoveries and wife, Shannon in previous books in the series. In this volume, Shannon is working on a dig in Pella when she discovers some fourth century pages that refer to a long lost book of the Bible. As the couple investigates those documents, they stumble upon a book that has the capacity to rock the Christian world. In the midst of the ...more
Shannon Jennings Weber, a Biblical archaeologist finds 5 ancient papyrus leaves in a church near a dig in Pella. She brings the leaves to her husband, the renowned Harvard professor Jonathan Weber, to analyze them, hoping to shed new light on the early church. What they discover is astounding, the ancient texts seem to be referring to a second book of Acts.

In the search for material to back up the reference to the second book of Acts, they find the Constantine Codex sitting in the Eastern Patria
Jul 24, 2012 Adrienne rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I occasionally come across a book that doesn't hold my attention, but I always try to finish what I've started. I could not do that with this book. I slogged through 67% of it and then gave up.

I found the writing to be melodramatic and condescending. Almost as if the author were speaking to a child. I understand that things have to be elaborated on, but the constant, "Are you trying to say.....?" and, "Oh, is this like....?" questioning drove me insane.

I am of Roman Catholic faith, and I felt th
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
A shocking discovery throws Harvard professor Jonathan Weber into the international spotlight---and could change the way the world sees the Bible. While touring Greek and Turkish monasteries, he finds an ancient manuscript that includes a lost ending of Mark and a 67th book. When the codex is stolen, Jon races to recover it---before it's lost forever!

Renowned church historian and novelist Dr. Paul Maier revives the beloved character Dr. Jonathan Weber (Skeleton in God's Closet, and More Than a
Jul 20, 2012 Adrian rated it really liked it
I gave the book 4 stars as I did enjoy it, but I have to say I think it would only appeal to a relatively narrow audience.

In trying to decide how to describe it, the best I could come up with is 'a tale of wishful thinking'. True there are historical and archaeological aspects of the tale that were the big draw for me, but boiled down it becomes a big, "wouldn't it be so awesome if THIS happened story!". And in truth it would be awesome if all the stuff outlined in book came to pass, but unfortu
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Jun 21, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biblical History buffs, adventure lovers,
The Constantine Codex

By Paul L Maier

While on a dig at Pella, Shannon Jennings Weber makes a remarkable find within the Greek Orthodox Church of St. James the Just. Hidden within Eusebius’ HISTORIA EKKLESIATICA were five pages of the lost HEGESIPPUS CODEX.

Meanwhile her husband, Jon Weber is about to be caught up in an error that puts fatwa on both their heads. His book, LIFE OF JESUS has one word mistranslated in the Arabic version. What follows leads Jon and Shannon to Turkey and a Muslim-Chris
C.C. Thomas
Sep 08, 2012 C.C. Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
You really have to be a Biblical scholar to see why the story in this book was a big deal.

Harvard professor Jon Weber and his wife Shannon are poking through old church basements and files when they discover the lost ending of Mark and some 'lost' works of Paul that is possibly Bible-worthy. Really? They just happen to discover one of the oldest Christian manuscripts byaccident-- the lost ending to Mark, 2nd Acts AND Pauls' body? Heck, why didn't they keep looking a little longer and maybe they
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Paul L. Maier, born May 31, 1930, was the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. Maier retired in the Spring 2011. He retains the title of professor emeritus in the Department of History at Western Michigan University. He is also a historical novelist, and serves as Second Vice President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Maier is the son of Walter A.
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