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The Bone Box: A Novel

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Combining the adrenaline-fueled adventure of Indiana Jones with the thrills of a Steve Berry Novel, The Bone Box is the latest in biblical archeological suspense.

Archeologist and agnostic Randall Bullock has come to Israel to try and resurrect his crumbling career and shattered life. Teaming up with Miri Sharon, a beautiful representative of Israeli Antiques Authority, t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Howard Books
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Keiki Hendrix
Aug 29, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
An agnostic archeologist, is asked to begin an emergency excavation of a burial site in Taipoit, just outside of Jerusalem where he discovers the remains of Caiaphas, the High Priest that presided over the trial and subsequent delivery of Jesus Christ to the Romans to be crucified.

In Bob Hostetler’s “The Bone Box“, archeologist Randall Bullock lives a mediocre life participating in digs far from his family. The recent loss of his wife and the strained relationship with his only daughter intensif
Michelle Kidwell
Aug 16, 2011 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing
Randall heads to Israel to do an excavation, The Archaelogist and Agnostic is trying to ressurect his crumbling career. In Israel he meets Major Seargeant Miri Sharon who helps as he unearths a casket marked Joseph Son Of Caiphas, in the casket he finds a fragile Papyrus scroll that contains the events of the death and ressurection of Christ, when he tries to have these scrolls authotizied instead he runs into trouble, people are trying to accuse him of falsifying the finds. When Randalls daught ...more
Michael Bell
Apr 01, 2015 Michael Bell rated it really liked it
I was impressed by this book. The main character was an archaeologist with a daughter. His ex wife died and the daughter tracked him down on a dig in Israel. The story also included real time depictions of life during Jesus' time. His life and eventual crucifixion. The real drama her involved the fact that the relatives of Jesus were interred in this crypt. As we enter Easter Season for Christians, the relevance of the life and death of Jesus is an excellent time for reflection. Israel has chang ...more
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
Rather than keep you in suspense of the inevitable, I’m going to begin my review of Bob Hostetler’s The Bone Box with a digression. That’ll get it out of the way up front.

One of the great things about Biblical fiction is that it allows us the freedom to examine the record in greater detail than what Scripture often actually gives us. However, that’s a two-edged sword. On one edge, there’s a danger of the writer weaving his own agenda into the Biblical record and straining, sometimes to the break
Jan 28, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
This book looks at the life of Jesus from the point of view of the high priest who supposedly helped him get crucified. It is an interesting point of view on the story. This all is the background story for a present day archaeological dig that uncovers the bones of the priest. I enjoyed the book because it respects different spiritual points of view and does not preach to an audience that may not care.
Aug 26, 2010 Erik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of Jesus's rise and fall as seen through the eyes of an archaeologist who had experienced tragedy and loss in his life. He uncovered a tomb that not only led him to renew his faith but encouraged him to renew his relationship with his daughter and led both of them to a new life "following" Christ (as opposed to simply believing in Christ). As a skeptic, I have to say I found the plot familiar...a different take on the same old story but in the end just another, equally ...more
Normally I don't read so-called Christian fiction because of the fatuous faith scenes at the end. This one included archeology most of which is factual and referenced at the end, and a parallel intermittent story of the High Priest Caiaphas during the times of Jesus. Rand the archeologist is a little too uninformed about Hebrew and Aramaic for a Middle-East researcher IMO. In fact the entire book is written geared toward a 10th-grade level or sumpin'. I did appreciate some of the details about d ...more
Rachael Atamian
Jul 17, 2014 Rachael Atamian rated it really liked it
So many amazing books in a row for me. This was great because it touched on multiple things I adore. 1. Archeology
2. Israel/Jewish themes
3. Christianity - subtle and not in your face

The ending needed a tighter wrap up, however, without the tightness of the story your are left with the end theme. Are you a believer or a follower? This is a hard cup to swallow for most people.
Great book, highly recommended!
Nov 27, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
A good book overall. The back cover synopsis doesn't cover what it is really about. The synopsis only deals with the last 70 pages or so. The build up is more detailed and in depth than the 'action' so to speak. I LOVED the theology behind it and the way the public reaction is dealt with. I think that part was very realistic. I loved the way Hostetler goes back and forth in time and his portrayal of Caiaphas.
I did very much enjoy the novel even though it wasn't quite what I expected. The charac
Stephanie Ann Marcotte
Good read with realistic archaeological elements.
Aug 07, 2012 Kimberlee rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic novel, I truly enjoy the telling of three lives. Joseph son of Caiaphas, Dr Rand Bullock and his daughter Tracey. Three different lives all in serch of the truth and finding faith and courage in their convictions. You may truly believe in something but do you believe enough to follow.
Roberta Brosius
Oct 27, 2013 Roberta Brosius rated it it was amazing
I liked how the author alternated current time chapters with first century chapters. He also included end notes that documented the historical and archaeological information. That's not to say the book was too scholarly or inaccessible. The interwoven current and ancient plots and characters were compelling.
May 14, 2012 Morgan rated it it was ok
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It had a good message, simple story, predictable. Not what I was expecting. The story focused on a father-daughter relationship and I was expecting more action like a Dan Brown novel.
Peggy Armstrong
Sep 15, 2013 Peggy Armstrong rated it liked it
Interesting imagining of Caiaphas and his reign as high priest.
Apr 15, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
A really quick read, but worth the time
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Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and the novel, The Bone Box, have sold over 3 million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblesto ...more
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