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...