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The Constantine Codex (Jonathan Weber)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  411 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional book of the Bible.
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not very good-- very superficial, lots of issues and descriptions that were just not credible.
Clunky dialogue kills me every. single. time.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Imagine someone uncovering an additional book of the Bible, and not only that but a lost ending to the book of mark as well. Well that's just what happens in the "Constantine Codex." Shannon Weber is on a dig in Pella, and her fascination with old books draws her to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. James. While examining their archives she notices one is using some very old parchment pages as a bookmark, the text is so faded though that she can't really make anything out. Thinking that perhaps t ...more

Jonathan Weber and his wife Shannon enjoy traveling and exploring dusty old libraries. On their most recent trip, they come across some manuscripts that appear to be very old. Some quick mental work leads them to wonder if they have discovered one of fifty copies commissioned by Constantine; manuscripts that have written about, but themselves missing for hundreds of years. As they try to validate their discovery, they are caught up into the international tension between Muslims and Christians an
Wendy Jones
I have read all three of Paul L. Maier's Skeleton series and this one is defintiley as good, if not better than the others. Shannon Weber, who we are introduced to in book one of the series, finds an ancient manuscript which says that a second book of acts was written. As she returns home to tell her husband, Harvard Professor Jon Weber aout her find, violence erupts around the globe as he is accused of denouncing the Muslim faith. This leads to a well researched and written debate between Jon W ...more
Had enough of this author's personal fantasy in writing. It would have been more fun if there was an ounce of imagination, suspense, or character development.

I would have had more fun opening the door when solicitors try to convert me to Christianity without asking which side of the aisle I was on.

My goodness even a Sunday sermon at church is less obvious.

Super eye-roller 5000. Struggling through the book but the convenience and tidiness of this novel is heart wrenching.

So far not sure what t
This story postulates the fictional discovery of a long-lost codex commissioned by Emperor Constantine (this commission is historically accurate). This New Testament codex is identical to the Bible in every way, with the exception that it contains additional verses to the gospel of Mark and also a second book of Acts. In the former, the verses bring about a completion to the abrupt and 'hanging' state of the gospel -- mentioning the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The latter, expounds on th ...more
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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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