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An ancient mystery in today's Middle East . . . Jack Stanton, an American businessman, makes a pilgrimage to war-torn Israel in hopes of rekindling his Christian faith. While traveling with his friend Punjeeh, an ER doctor from Jerusalem, Jack acquires an ancient scroll written by the Gnostics, a mystical group of early Christians--and his spiritual quest takes an unexpected turn. The scroll makes the startling claims that the Gnostics were the original followers of Jesus, and that they retained secret knowledge of Jesus that was not included in the Bible. With the help of the brilliant Chloe Eisenberg, a professor of philosophy and religion, Jack and Punjeeh navigate the dangerous terrain of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in an attempt to decipher the puzzle of the scroll and bring the Gnostics' revelations about Jesus to light. Threaded with the searing realities of today's Middle East, The Gnostic Mystery is packed with historical facts about the Christian religion. The thrilling mystery makes a compelling case that the origins of Christianity are far different than we believed . . . until now.

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Jack Stanton, an American businessman, makes a pilgrimage to war torn Israel in hopes of rekindling his Christian faith. Stanton, along with an old college buddy and a new "Friend," an attractive professor of religion and philosophy, uncover the secret of a mysterious scroll. The scroll makes startling claims that the Gnostics were the original followers of Jesus, and that they retained secret knowledge of Jesus that was not included in the Bible. This is a combination of Dan Brown, Elaine Pagels, and Timothy Freake. Davila's story will appeal to anyone curious about an alternative history to the origins of Christianity. A study guide for group discussion is included.

About the Author

Randy Davila graduated with distinction from the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, where he co-founded and wrote for the award-winning publication The Free Press. His spiritual short stories have received the Place of Peace award. He is also the CEO of Hampton Roads Publishing Company. Davila lives in Boerne, Texas, with his daughter Mia. This is his first novel.

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Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
This book was truly enlightening. I enjoyed it from the very beginning.

Having not been raised in any specific religion I'm a little lost when it comes to some of the stories and characters in The Bible. I do know the basics and the older I get, and the more I read, I'm beginning to piece together a fuller understanding of The Bible.

I had never heard of the Gnostics before reading this book. So I was coming to this one with a complete open mind. I think that is part of why I enjoyed this so much. The revelations made about Gnostic beliefs and current Christian beliefs seemed plausible to me. But, again I have a limited knowledge of The Bible, and an even more limited relationship with it.

This was not an action filled book. The things that the characters did was kind of a sub story, at least in my opinion. The main story was really a historical account of the Gnostics. There is a plot and there are things that happen that move the story along.

I think this was very well written and I didn't get the feeling that it was trying to discredit modern Christian beliefs. I think the book takes the stance of: Here's some things that happened in The Bible and here's what people believe about them. One more than one occasion it is mentioned that just because it is believed that some don't count The Bible as an accurate historical account does it make Jesus' teachings any less valuable? I would say that it doesn't, but that's just my opinion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780981877105
Author:
Davila, Randy
Publisher:
Hierophant Publishing
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Visionary & metaphysical
Subject:
fiction; gnosticism
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Gnosticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Jack Stanton, an American businessman, makes a pilgrimage to war torn Israel in hopes of rekindling his Christian faith. Stanton, along with an old college buddy and a new "Friend," an attractive professor of religion and philosophy, uncover the secret of a mysterious scroll. The scroll makes startling claims that the Gnostics were the original followers of Jesus, and that they retained secret knowledge of Jesus that was not included in the Bible. This is a combination of Dan Brown, Elaine Pagels, and Timothy Freake. Davila's story will appeal to anyone curious about an alternative history to the origins of Christianity. A study guide for group discussion is included.
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