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The Constantine Codex (Jonathan Weber #3)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  617 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is finally enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight once again. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon--a seasoned archaeologist--uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional book of the Bible. If proven authentic, the c ...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 18th 2011)
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Bob Hayton
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recipe for Constantine Codex:

- Take one modern day Indiana Jones. Remove whip, hat, wit, adventure, rugged charm, humor... On second thought, leave out Indiana Jones. Take one Robert Langdon. Remove any vestiges of adventure whatsoever.

- Add one Stepford Wife, double-checking to ensure that no independent thought or initiative has sprouted.

- The protagonist will be the central, yet strangely least compelling of your ingredients. Ensure that you bolster his flavors by adding several cups of pompo
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Clunky dialogue kills me every. single. time.
Although this was book 3 in a series, it reads well as a stand alone. A cross between Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones, this book kept my interest throughout. Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is finally enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight once again. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon--a seasoned archaeologist--uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional ...more
James Mayuga
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
It's precisely because I enjoyed the book that I'm typing up this review. It's mostly a collection of my criticisms. There's no point in commenting on the positives of the book other than to say that Maier can write an enjoyable story. I personally like Paul Maier, but I'm dissappointed in some aspects of the book. He makes some mistakes which are regrettable. Some of them due to the fact that he sometimes discusses topics outside of his expertise. My comments will be succinct since they're real ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abbie Riddle
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Scott Klemm
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Paula Howard
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
L.T. Fawkes
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was pretty good...similar to books by Steve Berry and Dan Brown. I really liked reading a thriller that didn't trash the Catholic Church (for a change). Good characters and some twists in the story made the story exciting.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not very good-- very superficial, lots of issues and descriptions that were just not credible.
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
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Stuitend slecht verhaal, schrijver leeft kennelijk in parallel universum waarin een oeroud en stoffig religieus debat als potentieel wereldschokkend wordt gezien. Afgezien van de stompzinnige toevalligheden en een actie-zijlijn die mislukt is afgekeken van "De Da Vinci code" bijvoorbeeld ook een denigrerende traditionele bijrol voor de vrouw van de hoofdpersoon. Door het onderwerp in Amerikaans-christelijke kringen waarschijnlijk populair, maar op geen enkele manier de moeite van het lezen waard ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
This ebook was free from Barnes and Noble when I downloaded it to my Nook library in 2012.
It just gets dropped to a three-star rating because I would not recommend it to my friends because I doubt they have enough interest in the information about documenting the discovery of the ancient text and what it could mean for the Christian communities.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
Deutzy Camia
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Islam vs Christianity debate :-)
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Brick ONeil
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Per Amazon, This is book 3 of 3 in A Skeleton In God's Closet Series. It is preceeded by More Than a Skeleton and A Skeleton in God's Closet.

Having read a ton of books over my life, there are different levels or formats of writing. There is low-brow, high-brow and the like. This falls somewhere in the middle, as Dr. Maier has a Ph.D. and the writing is simple if not clunky. I imagine his editors, publishers, agents asked him to write a lower standard of English. It's not that it takes away from
Victor Gentile
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it

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
Christy Lockstein
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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