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The scribe Shemuel ben Yahayye sat down heavily in the dust, hearing a waterfall that didn’t exist....

A new mystery novel by Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of Prayers of the Cosmos and The Sufi Book of Life.

First century CE, Roman Palestine:
Yehuda Tauma believes he’s found his lucky break when he finds a valuable pearl on the floor of the temple of Jerusalem where he works
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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by ARC Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Daniel Bacon
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not really a murder mystery as much as a window into Roman occupied Palestine. The author imagines an underground resistance in Galilee to Roman rule. Not much actual resistance, however, and little suspense. Still, it’s a vivid depiction of that time and place.
Susan Slack
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite aspect of “A Murder at Armageddon” is that I gained a whole new perspective on pre-Christian Jewish culture and life as it might have been in the middle east in the first century CE. AKA Chisti (pen name) brings us into a world that research shows, was at the time of several Jewish people we have heard of lived such as John the Baptist, and the several opposing groups and their stiffening positions. What is fascinating is how and what he shows us about these opposing groups.

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Christoph Fischer
This historical mystery concerns a ‘scribe’ and his ‘bodyguard’ in the 1st Century, trying to solve a murder. Not only do they receive help via visions from the deceased man, they also move in some spiritual circles and shed light on Jewish life under Roman occupation. This subtle blend of genres with mystic elements works surprisingly well.

Given the author’s academic credentials, it is no wonder that the historical, social, cultural and religious aspects of the story are convincing and
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Kme_17
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this as a first read. I found this interesting. the mystery in this book is highly satisfying. I also found the look into Jewish culture was very cool. I found this especially cool in this historical time period. Will continue on with this series.
Diana
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read many historic novels but this one has a mystery that wants you to read to the end. I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway.
Elaine
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author is a Middle Eastern, Aramaic scholar. I think he should stick with that.
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