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Title:
Finding Jesus : faith, fact, forgery : six holy objects that tell the remarkable story of the Gospels
Author:
Gibson, David, 1969- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary:
Finding Jesus explores six major artifacts, including the Shroud of Turin, pieces of the True Cross, and the bones of John the Baptist, that give us the most direct evidence about the life and world of Jesus.
General Note:
"As featured in the original series Finding Jesus on CNN"--Jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
John the Baptist : rival Messiah, bones of contention -- The James ossuary : the hand of God or the crime of the century? -- Mary Magdalene : prostitute, apostle, saint--or Jesus's wife? -- The Gospel of Judas : Christianity's ultimate whodunit -- The True Cross : enough to fill a ship -- The Shroud and the sudarium : Jesus of history, Jesus of mystery.
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ISBN:
9781250069108
Format :
Book

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Summary

The man who changed the course of history left no earthly trace of his existence . . .

Who was Jesus of Nazareth and what do the relics left behind tell us about this fascinating figure? A burial box that has Jesus's name on it? A papyrus "gospel" referring to his wife? A piece of wood from the cross? A linen shroud that wrapped Jesus's corpse? Are any or all of these real? Or are we being scammed?

Finding Jesus provides a fresh look at the life of the greatest man who ever lived through six blockbuster artifacts -- including the Shroud of Turin, pieces of the True Cross, and bones of John the Baptist -- that give us the most direct evidence about the life and world of Jesus. Telling the story behind each artifact, Finding Jesus investigates, in the company of sleuths and scholars who use modern-day tools to solve ancient riddles, whether the stunning relics are authentic or frauds.

As both companion to the CNN TV series and as deeper inquiry into the story of what Jesus left behind, Finding Jesus draws on fascinating debates, controversial figures, and forensic evidence to reveal a story for the faithful, the skeptical, and the curious alike.


Author Notes

DAVID GIBSON is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker who specializes in covering the Catholic Church. He is a national reporter for Religion News Service and has written for The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and for such leading magazines as New York and Fortune. David is also featured in the CNN series Finding Jesus.

MICHAEL MCKINLEY is an award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and screenwriter. He has written several books, and wrote and co-produced the CBC TV documentary film "Sacred Ballot", as well as several documentaries for CNN Presents.


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Library Journal Review

This work is released simultaneously with a six-part television series of the same name airing on CNN in March and April, which will culminate with an episode on Mary Magdalene on Easter Sunday. Each chapter is devoted to a different relic or set of remains: John the Baptist, the James Ossuary, Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Judas, the Cross, and the Shroud of Turin. The objects' authenticity and meaning are the subjects of exploration in this narrative nonfiction. Gibson (The Rule of Benedict) and McKinley (It's Our Game) rely heavily on quotations from scholars to support their claims. A bibliography is included, but source notes are not provided. A suspenseful narrative is achieved by presenting evidence for the significance of the relics first and then following with rebuttals that often discount everything that had been previously stated. However, the book should find a wide audience since the authors make an effort to appeal to both the faithful and the skeptical. Verdict Although Gibson and McKinley clearly state that relics cannot scientifically prove or disprove events in the scriptures, readers interested in Christian antiquities may enjoy going along for the ride.-Alison O'Reilly Poage, Seminary of the Southwest Lib., Austin, TX © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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