Sacred Geography by Edward Fox
A Tale of Murder and Archaeology in the Holy Land

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A compelling, true murder mystery, that unfolds in the astonishing world of Biblical archeology, a field rife with skullduggery and intrigue

Biblical archeology has for centuries been subject to the manipulations of adventurers, generals, and statesmen, all seeking to further their own aims. Now more than ever, digging into the land of the Bible is a weapon as two rival nations seek to prove their claims to its treasures.

The most recent casualty in this bloody tug-of-war is Albert Glock, a prominent American archeologist, shot dead in the West Bank in 1992, who devoted his life to helping Palestinian archeologists find evidence of their historic roots. Edward Fox investigates the puzzle of Glock's murder and its background in the explosive cultural politics of archeology in the Holy Land. Fox reveals the strange sub-discipline of biblical archeology--a field rich in obscure mystics, greedy opportunists, and religious charlatans. He pursues the various suspects in Glock's death--Islamic zealots, Jewish extremists, and rival archeologists--only to find himself caught in an expanding labyrinth of deceit.

A lively history and a riveting mystery, Sacred Geography is also the tragic story of a man who devoted himself to a cause that ultimately destroyed him.
 

About Edward Fox

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Edward Fox lives in London, where he writes for The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Times. He is the author of two previous books: Obscure Kingdoms: Journeys to Distant Royal Courts and The Hungarian Who Walked to Heaven; Sacred Geography is his first book to be published in the United States.
 
Published November 7, 2001 by Metropolitan Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Glock was neither a brilliant nor a fascinating man, but he was undoubtedly steadfast: Until the day he was killed, he worked steadily toward his goal, with its technical focus on the detritus of daily life, despite the ever more convoluted political circumstances that engulfed him.

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In an atmosphere in which archaeologists sometimes carried guns, and entire layers of history -- often related to the region's Islamic past -- were literally bulldozed away, Glock, a scholarly Lutheran, inspired admiration among his students, suspicion and vandalism among the Palestinians who liv...

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In 1994, British writer Fox, whose pieces appear in the London Times and other leading papers, stumbled upon a reference to an obscure incident in a footnote to an article in the Journal of Palestine Studies: On Jan. 19, 1992, Albert Glock, an American archeologist excavating in the Israeli-occu...

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