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The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus

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There is an alternate story of the life of Jesus.  One the early Church fathers found so menacing they outlawed the books that documented it, ordered them burned, and threatened anyone found copying them with death.  International bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear put more than thirty years of exhaustive research into this fascinating novel.
 
In A.D. 325, Brother Barnabas is a student of the ancient holy texts.  These books paint a portrait of Jesus that is radical, heretical, and irresistible.  In the writings of Mary Magdalene, Phillip, and James, Barnabas finds clues to a secret he must protect at all costs.  But the Ecumenical Council of Bishops has just declared his cherished books "a hotbed of manifold perversity."  Emperor Constantine has decreed that the documents must be burned and that anyone found copying them will be executed as a heretic.
 
Barnabas's monastery is attacked.  Brother Barnabas flees with his trusted companions, but they are being followed, for the True Church cannot allow them to find the most sacred place on Earth.  In fact, it will do anything to stop them...

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There is an alternate story of the life of Jesus.  One the early Church fathers found so menacing they outlawed the books that documented it, ordered them burned, and threatened anyone found copying them with death.  International bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear put more than thirty years of exhaustive research into this fascinating novel.
 
In A.D. 325, Brother Barnabas is a student of the ancient holy texts.  These books paint a portrait of Jesus that is radical, heretical, and irresistible.  In the writings of Mary Magdalene, Phillip, and James, Barnabas finds clues to a secret he must protect at all costs.  But the Ecumenical Council of Bishops has just declared his cherished books "a hotbed of manifold perversity."  Emperor Constantine has decreed that the documents must be burned and that anyone found copying them will be executed as a heretic.
 
Barnabas's monastery is attacked.  Brother Barnabas flees with his trusted companions, but they are being followed, for the True Church cannot allow them to find the most sacred place on Earth.  In fact, it will do anything to stop them...

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KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR began her career in archaeology as a biblical archaeologist and historian.  She received her Master's Degree in the History of Religions, was twice selected as an American Bible Society Scholar, and worked on excavations at the Sea of Galilee.
 
W. MICHAEL GEAR is a scholar in ancient Greek and Latin, holds a master's degree in archaeology, and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978.
 
The Gears, whose First North American novels are international and USA Today bestsellers, live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

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Margie, September 5, 2012 (view all comments by Margie)
You know how you pick up books at sales and set them aside until you find time to read? You don't?! I do only too well-just ask my husband as he sees me come in with yet another book. Anyway, this novel would probably be considered heresy, just as many thought The Davinci Code was heretical. However, The Betrayal actually uses the hiding of the lost gospels in various forms, and the efforts to destroy such works, as the premise around which the story is written. It is an engaging story and I like the use of footnotes which refer to the Notes section in the back of the book giving more information about that particular sentence, issue, occurrance, etc. People might say I am a conspiracy theorist, but I have felt since I was a child there was more to the story than written in the Bible and I am in awe of authors who can take such information and weave it into an informative tale. How much is their imagination and how much is universal knowledge imparted to them?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765315465
Subtitle:
The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel
Author:
Gear, Kathleen Oneal
Author:
Gear, W. Michael
Author:
Gear, Kathleen O'Neal
Author:
O'Neal Gear, Kathleen
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Apocryphal Gospels.
Subject:
Christian - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.46 x 4.28 x 1.155 in

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There is an alternate story of the life of Jesus.  One the early Church fathers found so menacing they outlawed the books that documented it, ordered them burned, and threatened anyone found copying them with death.  International bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear put more than thirty years of exhaustive research into this fascinating novel.
 
In A.D. 325, Brother Barnabas is a student of the ancient holy texts.  These books paint a portrait of Jesus that is radical, heretical, and irresistible.  In the writings of Mary Magdalene, Phillip, and James, Barnabas finds clues to a secret he must protect at all costs.  But the Ecumenical Council of Bishops has just declared his cherished books "a hotbed of manifold perversity."  Emperor Constantine has decreed that the documents must be burned and that anyone found copying them will be executed as a heretic.
 
Barnabas's monastery is attacked.  Brother Barnabas flees with his trusted companions, but they are being followed, for the True Church cannot allow them to find the most sacred place on Earth.  In fact, it will do anything to stop them...
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