The Constantine Codex, Paperback   -     By: Paul L. Maier
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The Constantine Codex, Paperback

Paul L. Maier / 2011 / Paperback

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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 monasteries, he finds a manuscript that includes the lost ending of Mark and a 67th book. When the codex is stolen, Jon races to recover it---before it's lost forever!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Paul L. Maier
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414337744
ISBN-13: 9781414337746
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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 codex could forever change the way the world views the holy Word of God. As Jon and Shannon work to validate their find, it soon becomes clear that there are powerful forces who don’t want the codex to go public. When it’s stolen en route to America, Jon and Shannon are swept into a deadly race to find the manuscript and confirm its authenticity before it’s lost forever.

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The Constantine Codex by Paul L. Maier follows the adventures of Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber as he finds himself wrapped in an international, life-threatening controversy. The contention arises from an Arabic translation error in his latest best-selling book – think here of Salman Rushdie. While fleeing Muslim enemies, Jon and his wife Shannon embark on a journey that takes them back and forth between the haven of the United States and Muslim-dominated Eastern Europe. But the discovery of an ancient text turns their escapade into an attempt to bring lost biblical records into the light, before their mysterious opponents can shut down their efforts.

Maier constructs his thriller as a credible, real-world incident, incorporating factual archaeological findings and extensive history. The plotline explores the conflict between Christianity and Islam (taking time to delve into ideological differences) and ultimately adopts a message of harmony and goodwill. In that way, the book agrees with Scripture: "Make every effort to live in peace with all men" (Heb 12:14).

The characters of the novel are true to life in many ways: speech pattern, cultural interaction, and attitudes. Maier's delivery is intelligent and well-researched. However, in my estimation, the dialogue often fails to drive the story, and although the characters are believable, they are shallow. Though marketed as a fast-paced, action-oriented plot, the prose frequently lapses into staleness and cliches.

The book is the third installment in Maier's Skeleton Series, but it also functions as a standalone book. Built on a sturdy premise, but burdened by clunky storytelling, I recommend the book primarily to fans of theological fiction. – Daniel Morton, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

On the final day of her archeological dig along the Jordan River, Shannon Jennings Weber visits the Greek Orthodox Church of St. James the Just. Leafing carefully through an ancient manuscript by the early church historian Eusebius, she discovers some age-browned pages of another ancient document stuck in Eusebius' text. She whisks the pages off to America and back to Harvard, where her husband, Jon Weber, world-renowned author of a biography of Jesus and expert on antiquities, can use the tools of modern science to help translate the pages and authenticate their provenance. Through a whirlwind journey of mystery and intrigue, they eventually discover, with the help of a team of scholars, that the codex dates from the early fourth century; it's one of 50 copies of the Holy Scriptures commissioned by the Emperor Constantine and contains the original ending of the Gospel of Mark and a Second Acts giving details of Paul's death. The subject is intriguing, but Maier's book falls short, with superficial and unbelievable characters, thinly drawn plot elements, clumsy errors in historical research, and a lack of suspense. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Columbia SC
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    June 4, 2013
    George
    Columbia SC
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Has one of the best arguments for Christianity vs. Islam I have seen without putting it down. An excellent guide as to how to respond to any Muslim friends you may have.

    All within and excellent intriguing plot.
  2. Fort Wayne IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent fiction which involves one's intellect
    December 28, 2011
    Old Investigator
    Fort Wayne IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was not at all surprised that this book, like A Skeleton in God's Closet and More Than a Skeleton, kept my attention from start to finish. I wanted to read it in one sitting but had to break it into two very enjoyable evenings. If you ever have a chance to hear Dr. Maier speak, or to read any of his other books, don't miss it!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great combination
    October 24, 2011
    David Walker
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Constantine Codex, Hardcover.
    Dr. Maier blends both history, archaeology, and biblical truth into a great novel which keeps one on the edge of their seat to the very end.
  4. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful
    October 5, 2011
    Poppy
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Constantine Codex, Hardcover.
    Grasped my attention entirely..every page.

    Decritions of locations were outstanding.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    August 23, 2011
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Constantine Codex, Hardcover.
    When a dig in Pella turns up less-than-stunning finds, Shannon Jennings Weber decides to visit the archives of a nearby church. She discovers brown leaves of parchment being used as a bookmark in Eusebius' Historia Ekklesiastica. She brings the pages to her famous husband, Dr. Jonathan Weber, a professor at Harvard. What they discover is that these few brown pages could lead to the biggest discovery in Christianity since the Dead Sea Scrolls. Problems arise, and the Webers face more than their share of dangers as events unfold. Will this be the discovery of the century?

    First let me say, I loved this novel! Paul L. Maier is a professor of Ancient History. He has done translations and commentaries on the historical works of both Josephus and Eusebius. While The Constantine Codex is a work of fiction it contains many historical facts regarding Christianity. I have been interested in church history for some time now, though I by no means admit to knowing much. But I am willing to bet that if you've never been interesting in the history of Christianity this book may make you curious. The story is fascinating and I actually learned a lot about manuscripts that scholars truly believe could exist. The story has a couple of sub-plots that keep everything moving along. As a whole, this is a very interesting and entertaining novel. Easily in my top 3 for the year.
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