A Skeleton in God's Closet (Jonathan Weber)
When an ancient skeleton is discovered in Israel, will it shed new light on the life of Jesus or plunge the world into chaos?
Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that many fear...more
So, what is wrong here? The writing is absolutely atrocious. Let me count the ways:
* The narration constantly engages in the flaw of telling instead of showing.
* Dialogue is wooden and sprinkled with dull humor that annoys rather than amuses.
* Character development is weak, forced and, in the case of our hero, e ...more
The premise was that the bones of Jesus had been found during a dig thus disproving the Resurrection. Chaos ensued while the scientist tried to verify and authenticate the find. The biggest problem I had was the romance between Jon ...more
So I did, and it was entertaining, and that's that. I mean, it's sad, but my first reaction on finishing was, "okay, what's next?"
Here's the thing. Maier's premise is really good, in terms of asking what would happen to Christianity and the world ...more
The is based on the 'discovery' of Jesus bones along with other artifacts that 'prove' its authenticity. It is very thorough in its academic approach to the archeological aspects of the story - perhaps too much so, in some cases. I found myself skimming through some of the more dry scientific stuff to get back to the story. The story itself, however, is well written. I especially appreciated the skill in which the author described the scenery and even the e ...more
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It was work getting through the first fifty or sixty pages--the writing is horrendously canned, every pulp fiction cliche unabashedly right up front. As far as plot, the book runs a bit better--satisfactory though often predictable.
But I found myself caught on both the detailed descriptions of archaeological method and the well-formed imagining of how the world would react if Jesus' bones were discovered. Maier ...more
The Author: Paul Maier is a great scholar, and I have greatly appreciated his translations of Eusebius and Josephus. They are highly readable and widely acclaimed. I also read and enjoyed his historical novel Pontius Pilate, though it was a bit on the dry and scholarly side for a work of fiction. I think, however, in the case of this book, Maier would have benefited from the presence of a c ...more
And the writing is far superior to that of Clive Cussler in the one of his books that I read (the comparison comes to mind as the two books might compete in the action-adventure genre).
I really wanted to like this book. Alas. I cannot. The only reason I finished it was so I could feel truly justified in writing a review.
First, the positives:
It is very scholarly, and full of information nerds like me can appreciate. I enjoyed the long explanations of various scientific processes used to authenticate archaeological finds. This kind of thing has always piqued my interest, and I enjoyed those sectors of the book, even though they felt drawn-out and slow.
The conce ...more
It was a good book. I suppose I was expecting it to be more along the lines of "Indiana Jones" or "The Mummy" right off the bat, but it was more of an "Indiana Jones in the classroom"--the hero was on a dig, but there weren't the sort of adventures I guess I was expecting to come along with the dig. Instead, there were a lot of archeological terms and procedures explained and used that went over my head. However, towards the end, there was finally some of that “action-adventure” I was exp ...more
The author had some interesting theories about how people would react. I think there are a lot of fanatics out there that would totally freak out and go to ...more
It's a decent-sized book, but on audio it's only 3 CD's, so it's apparently been abridged quite a lot, and that was obvious when reading, with all the really abrupt transitions and such. I've not read Paul Maier before, but know that he's a C ...more
'Rejected. This novel holds lots of potential, as the premise is unique and interesting, and the twist of who the villain is ...more
Note: This was an ...more
Fifteen years later (or so), I found my copy and picked it up, ...more
Maier gives a world view on what would happen if you turned Christian beliefs on its head. It is not a pretty picture.
A Skeleton in God's Closet follows Dr. Jonathan Weber solving the mystery of missing script in a Christian document and the bones found in a 2,000 year old sarcophagus. All a very interesting read, well thought out and sometimes making you gasp and hold your breath as Jon faces peril in his quest. The love scenes were sappy and antiquated, and for this reader, skimmed ...more
A tough subject to try and surmize. Skeleton wasn't as gripping as the DaVinci code, bu ...more
Overall, I felt this was an average book that had a great start and slowed down so mu ...more
Maier is the son of Walter A. ...more