Rainer Maria Rilke

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

What's All the Excitment About?

The Constantine Codex by Paul Maier

Christian Mystery

You really have to be a Biblical scholar to see why the story in this book was a big deal.

Harvard professor Jon Weber and his wife Shannon are poking through old church basements and files when they discover the lost ending of Mark and some 'lost' works of Paul that is possibly Bible-worthy.  Really?  They just happen to discover one of the oldest Christian manuscripts byaccident-- the lost ending to Mark, 2nd Acts AND Pauls' body?  Heck, why didn't they keep looking a little longer and maybe they could have found the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail while they were at it.

The story just isn't credible.  Everyone, from the Pope to lifetime Biblical scholars, just so easily believe in the accidental discovery with scant research.  Something that tremendous would take years, not the few days it takes to unleash the news to the world.  I really disliked the part about the world-wide TV title-bout between an Islamic scholar and Jon.  It was so simplistic and insulting.  In addition to the unbelievable pot, the writing was very amateurish.  They were very little emotion and the conversations were stilted and artificial.

Not much to enjoy or sink your teeth into here.

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