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 w...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
De reden dat ik dit boek geen 5 sterren geef...more
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.
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
The sociological and psychological effects on the world that might occur with these events are the basis of this book. I found the plotline very interesting and I think the author realistically depicts how the dest...more
in terms of the author's execution, I also thought the book was excellent. I found the plot ri...more
It is sad that he is the worst fiction writer I've ever read because the plot would have been semi-engaging in the hands of an actual writer.
Instead, the romance that brews might be the most unrealistic and simultaneously nauseating aspect of the book, apart f...more
But the characters were more like caricatures, the dialogue often extravagant, and the ending on the final page downright mawkish.
This ought to be damning in itself, but I kinda enjoyed it and will actually read the sequel.
Some people would probably love this book as the writing style is well done and the plotting has potential. (Can't say for sure about the plot because I've only read two chapters, but Maier seems to be setting it up in a way that will prove to be exciting later on.)
I just want to keep my mind clean, thank you.
Maier is the son of Walter A....more