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The Bone Box

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  25 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,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Howard Books
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Keiki Hendrix
Aug 29, 2009 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 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
Aug 01, 2012 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.
Oh my, that was stunning. At first I was distracted when the author interrupted the story a couple of times to make an explanation. However the story itself was incredible. Actually it was two stories in one. The main story is about Rand who found a very important archaeological discovery in Jerusalem. The ossuary, or bone box, contained the remains of Caiaphas, the high priest from the time of Jesus. It also apparently contained a note from Nicodemus verifying the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: currently-own
I was going to give this book 5 stars until the last third of the book. Essentially, the book has three stories. The first two are in the modern day, one a story of faith and archeological discovery, and one a romance. The third story is a story of Caiaphas around the life of Jesus. While the romance and Caiaphas stories seemed to build until the very end of the book, the story of the discovery and its impact ended prematurely. Its importance practically disappeared in the last third of the book ...more
Dorothy Caswell
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a true story of an archeological find in Jerusalem. In an ossuary bones were identified as those of the high priest, Caiaphas. He presided over the trial of Jesus and saw that he was killed. From a scroll that was found in the ossuary, he carried on a correspondence with Nicodemus, one of the Sanhedrin who believed in Jesus. The discovery has a huge impact on the archeologist who finds the bones and the scroll. He wants to change the world but discovers that he has to start with himself ...more
Rebekah Millet
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What first drew me to this book is the author, Bob Hostetler. He’s hilariously witty on social media and I’m always excited to find a new-to-me author. The Bone Box drew me in right from the start. Told from three points of view, this novel included lots of emotion, suspense, and intriguing history. I love reading books that bring the Bible to life in a different way and have me excited to look up scripture. This, dear friends, was one of those books. It kept me up late and night and happy waiti ...more
Cherie Colburn
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting time slip novel, integrating fascinating info on Jewish tradition, 1st century Israel, and geography of Israel. The main reason I could not give it a 5 star rating is personal...I didn’t like how short some of the chapters were. It seemed to jump too abruptly: as soon as I started to settle in, off we go again. Other than that, it was written and researched well.
Dawn Owens
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is an amazing story of how the Bible can come alive in this day and age to affect our lives for good. I loved how the author used present day story and intertwined it with Biblical day story. This kept me wanting more. Great job!
Matthew S.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit slow. Interesting characters and premise. The ending felt rushed and changed focus too drastically from the initial tone and direction.a longer story arc leading to the end would have been more convincing as it relates to the changes experienced by the main characters.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Average detective story - seemingly written by some sort of born again Christian.
In any case - it's very naive.
Lisa Bös
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I truly expected more.
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 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
Rose on aish
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible, jewish
The book is about an archeologist Randall Bullock, who discovers an ancient Jewish tomb in Taipoit, outside Jerusalem. There he discovers the remains of Caiaphas, the High Priest from Jesus' time. The story confirms the resurrection of Christ, and the fictional role Caiaphas might have played in the ancient event. It is a story told from three points of view: the archeologist's, his daughter's and the High Priest's.

The archeologist Randall Bullock lives a life far from his family, his wife died
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
Aug 19, 2010 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
Oct 10, 2011 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
Michael Bell
Apr 01, 2015 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
Rachael Atamian
Jul 08, 2014 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!
Jan 25, 2016 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.
Roberta Brosius
Oct 27, 2013 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. ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-my-library
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.
Stephanie Ann Marcotte
Good read with realistic archaeological elements.
Peggy Armstrong
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting imagining of Caiaphas and his reign as high priest.
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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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