The Betrayal by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel

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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...

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About Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage.W. Michael Gear, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.The Gears, whose First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series, are both international as well as USA Today bestsellers live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
Published March 3, 2009 by Forge Books. 446 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This look at the "lost life of Jesus" is simply a featureless disappointment.

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The obvious ideal to present professed controversial information is overdramatic, as though the Gears are playing the roles of magicians revealing the end of a really good trick with glittery showmanship and a lot of smoke and mirrors.

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With their latest work, the Gears turn their consideration towards the lost life of Jesus Christ in the book that reveals, according to the press release, “the Jesus that the Bible doesn’t want you to see.” Naturally, such a line raised my sceptic’s eyebrow slightly.

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