The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel

by Kathleen O Neal Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear

Tor Books | September 18, 2009 | Hardcover |

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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...

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: September 18, 2009

Publisher: Tor Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765315467

ISBN - 13: 9780765315465

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The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel

The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel

by Kathleen O Neal Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear, W.Michael Gear

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: September 18, 2009

Publisher: Tor Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765315467

ISBN - 13: 9780765315465

About the Book

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. Two bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists put more than 30 years of exhaustive research into this fascinating novel.

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The Betrayal ONE NISAN THE 9TH, THE JEWISH YEAR 3771 Misty rain had been falling for two days and the dark mountaintop was cold and sweet with the fragrance of damp pine needles and wet earth. Maryam drew her himation, a large square garment cut from white linen, over her head for warmth and stared down at the holy city of Yerushalaim. From up here, high on the Mount of Olives, the view was stunning. Starlight gilded the ancient stone walls and painted the wide streets. All was quiet and still. Even the tendrils of smoke that rose from the houses lay unmoving, like a dead black filigree spread upon the windless heavens. Her gaze drifted to the Temple Mount. The trapezoidal platform of the Temple, supported by massive retaining walls that towered more than 50 cubits above the roadways, covered over 344,000 square cubits.2 It was twice as large as the monumental Forum Romanum, and more than three and a half times bigger than the combined temples of Jupiter and Astarte-Venus at Baalbek. The grandeur of the entire complex of buildings, baths, mosaic courts, magnificently columned porticoes, and exquisite arches was unmatched in the world. And the Temple itself, the place where God lived, was awe-inspiring. The surface was covered with so much gold that when sunlight kissed it, it virtually blinded. Tonight, in the starlight, it was a shining silver bastion of light and dreams. Maryam turned to the man seated on the angular limestone boulder to her left. Slender, with muscular sho
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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...

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"I''ve read many books on Jesus.  Few range as widely or as deeply into his life and the early centuries of Christianity as The Betrayal.  A passionate book about a man who changed the history of the world."--Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Lights Along the Way: Great Stories of American Faith
 
"This is a unique and creative telling of a vital story and offers a depth of knowledge and information unmatched in any other work of fiction."--Lewis Perdue, New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Legacy
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