Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land

Hardcover | October 21, 2008

byNina Burleigh

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In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary was trumpeted on the world's front pages as the first material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today it is exhibit number one in a forgery trial involving millions of dollars worth of high-end, Biblical era relics, some of which literally re-wrote Near Eastern history and which could lead to the incarceration of some very wealthy men and embarrass major international institutions, including the British Museum and Sotheby's.

Set in Israel, with its 30,000 archaeological digs crammed with biblical-era artifacts, and full of colorful characters—scholars, evangelicals, detectives, and millionaire collectors—Unholy Business tells the incredibly story of what the Israeli authorities have called "the fraud of the century." It takes readers into the murky world of Holy Land relic dealing, from the back alleys of Jerusalem's Old City to New York's Fifth Avenue, and reveals biblical archaeology as it is pulled apart by religious believers on one side and scientists on the other.

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In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary was trumpeted on the world's front pages as the first material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today it is exhibit number one in a forgery trial involving millions of dollars worth of high-end, Biblical era relics, some of which literally re-wrote Near Eastern histor...

Nina Burleigh is the author of four books. She is a noted journalist whose articles have appeared inTime, theWashington Post,New Yorkmagazine,Elle, and many other publications. She lives in New York City.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:October 21, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061458457

ISBN - 13:9780061458453

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