Papias and the Mysterious Menorah: The Third Art West Adventure  -     By: Ben Witherington, Ann Witherington
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Papias and the Mysterious Menorah: The Third Art West Adventure

Wipf & Stock / 2010 / Paperback

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Papias and the Mysterious Menorah, the third installment in The Third Art West Adventure Series, is an engaging archaeological thriller. Travel with Papias as the Bible scholar seeks to unravel a mystery involving ancient lore,papyri, demons, and the connected lives of three dear friends.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 268
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X .56 (inches)
ISBN: 1608994600
ISBN-13: 9781608994601
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Series: Art West

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Papias and the Mysterious Menorah is book three in the Art West series by Ben Witherington III and Ann Witherington. This installment follows Art West in his adventures in the Middle East and, given the setting, Papias is filled with biblical references. West explores potential changes in the origins of Scripture and the influence of church leaders of that period, so these topics would be appreciated by those who are interested biblical history and who enjoy a thriller twist.

The Witheringtons did an excellent job of creating interest and excitement out of a relatively dry topic. The exploration of biblical archeology will be intriguing to those who are already familiar with the topics discussed, or who have a specific interest in biblical antiquities. The explanation of different practices and the back story can be difficult to discern while going through the storyline.

The plot follows four different storylines that overlap at various points. The storylines appear to be based off of previous developments. An understanding of the first two books of the series helps piece them together. Having multiple storylines with a variety of characters creates the ability to study the integration of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths, as well as focus on the tensions among such cultures. However, the dialogue can be slow and not appear to contribute to the plot line. There is an overuse of exclamation points, and a repetitive use of cliches and puns.

I was interested in the history presented in Papias and the Mysterious Menorah. Connecting modern day consequences to historical actions is common in most modern/history crossovers, and the Witheringtons did a sharp job of this by using archeology as the vehicle in which the crossover occurs. – Emily Moore,

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