The Betrayal

The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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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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ONENISAN THE 9TH, THE JEWISH YEAR 3771Misty rain had been falling for two days and the dark mountaintop was cold and sweet with the fragrance of damp pine needles and wet earth.Maryam drew her himation, a large square garment cut from white linen, over her head for warmth and stared down at the holy city of Yerushalaim. From up here, high on the Mount of Olives, the view was stunning. Starlight gilded the ancient stone walls and painted the wide streets. All was quiet and still. Even the tendrils of smoke that rose from the houses lay unmoving, like a dead black filigree spread

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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.

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"I've read many books on Jesus.  Few range as widely or as deeply into his life and the early centuries of Christianity as The Betrayal.  A passionate book about a man who changed the history of the world."--Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Lights Along the Way: Great Stories of American Faith
 
"This is a unique and creative telling of a vital story and offers a depth of knowledge and information unmatched in any other work of fiction."--Lewis Perdue, New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Legacy

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Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

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 holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.  Together they have written the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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The Betrayal
The Lost Life of Jesus: A Novel
Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
March 2009
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765354563
ISBN10: 076535456X
4 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches, 448 pages
$9.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466815667
ISBN10: 1466815663
400 pages
$9.99
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