For centuries, scholars have speculated about a lost book of the Bible. No one has ever found it...until now. A few pieces of centuries-old parchment tucked inside a tattered book lead famed archaeologist Jonathan Weber and his wife Shannon to what could possibly be the greatest find in church history—a discarded biblical manuscript whose ancient pages reveal a secret that will change the way the world views Scripture. Is it one of fifty copies commissioned by Constantine the Great and lost for centuries? Or the most sophisticated forgery of all time? When the manuscript is stolen, Jon is swept into a deadly race to find it and prove its authenticity before it’s lost forever. Everything hangs in the balance—his career, his reputation, even his life—but he’s willing to risk it all in one final daring attempt to determine the truth.
“Just a few pages into it I was hooked. Maier is that rare combination of masterful storyteller and historian. A brilliant use of the power of story to excite and educate. Bravo!” (Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast)
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A full course meal of Biblical archaeology
The Da Vinci Code was a tasty read, but Dan Brown played too fast and loose with history making it nothing more than mind candy. The Constantine Codex, on the other hand, is a full course meal that includes a heaping helping of history written by one of the foremost experts on early Christianity. Paul Maier’s sense of history is impeccable and he doesn’t hide his stripes when it comes to his faith.
The Constantine Codex is a work of fiction about the discovery of lost books of the Bible and the effect it would have on the Christian faith. It is part thriller, travelogue, Christian apologia, theological discourse, and history lesson. The writing style is dry, complex and vintage, which pairs well with a book about Biblical archaeology. Nevertheless, Paul Maier presents cutting edge concepts and realistically predicts the future of Christianity. If you’re interested in early Christian history, Biblical archaeology or the New Testament canon, I recommend spending a long evening sampling the courses of the Constantine Codex.