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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (572 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul L. Maier Narrator: J. Charles Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781423303435
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Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that could be the death rattle of Christianity. Meanwhile, Weber's strong interest in Shannon Jennings, daughter of the dig's director, is an exhilarating complication.

Carefully researched and compellingly written, this fast-paced thriller takes you from the dust of an archaeological dig to the laboratories of dedicated scientists to the halls of political and religious power, where world reaction is instant, fierce, and shattering. Moreover, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between doubt and faith, science and religion, and one man's determination to find the truth—no matter what the cost.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbi | 2/3/2014

    " I've read this book 2x. Once for fun and then a few years later for book club. I don't think it held up as well the 2nd time around. Its certainly as entertaining as "The DaVinci Code" with the added bonus that it doesn't take itself nearly as seriously. I think it was a good try at an interesting "What-if?" plot idea: "What would happen to the world if Jesus' bones were found?" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malyn | 1/26/2014

    " I couldn't wait to read this book. It sounded so exciting. But to my surprise, it was dull and boring. I couldn't wait to put it down and move on to something better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derron Ellis | 1/22/2014

    " A theme somewhat similar to the Da Vinci Code. Archeologists make a startling discovery with world that destroy Christianity and reshape 2,000 years of history. Suspense, some romance, action, thought-provoking, and a clever title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/18/2014

    " It's been a long time since Cheryl gave me this book to read, but I remember it held my interest to the end. It was a good read. Had me thinking, "What if?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Dicks | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent book. It makes you think how you would respond if it could be proven that the body of Jesus was found beyond a shadow of a doubt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/15/2014

    " A quick read. Really didn't flow all that well and parts seemed to be missing. It did tie all together at the end though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Schumacher | 1/15/2014

    " A wonderfully written "What if...?" that makes people really think about their faith. This is the book that made me want to read everything else Dr. Meier has written (and I think I have). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 12/25/2013

    " Intriguing piece of fiction that definitely kept me turning pages. Set in modern day Israel, an archeological dig uncovers a history shattering, faith-shaking relic that turns the plot into a mystery novel...a theological thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 12/12/2013

    " A novel about a find on an archaeological dig that appears to be the skeleton of Jesus. The book was okay, but it did drag for a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gleasured | 11/28/2013

    " thought it was thought provoking and written very well. held my attention and made me not want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaemea | 11/25/2013

    " Thrilling archaeological mystery by Paul Maier. One of the best Christian thrillers I've ever read. Be sure and read the next one "More Than a Skeleton" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom-Ce | 11/24/2013

    " was an interesting concept but at times a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/17/2013

    " Interesting premise, well told story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 8/30/2013

    " Reminded me Survivor meets Ten Little Indians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathi | 2/6/2013

    " I enjoyed the story line, but found the writing to be somewhat tedious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 1/1/2013

    " Interesting premise with "Indiana Jones" elements -- I would've liked reading this a LOT more if the dialogue wasn't so trite and often, sadly, cheesy. A fun read nonetheless with some thought-provoking questions thrown in for good measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/11/2012

    " This was a good story. It's a novel, but it explores the possible repercussions on the world if Christianity were proved to be a hoax. I learned a lot about religion and archaeology by reading it (which are two things I know very little about). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalie Plaetz | 10/5/2012

    " It took me a very long time to get into the book, but once I got towards the end and events were moving quickly I think that I was reading so fast that I may have missed some important details! Over all a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noellasue | 10/26/2011

    " Book was kind of drawn out. Otherwise pretty good. By the time I got to the final chapters I was waiting for the story to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/8/2011

    " Archaeologists find the bones of Jesus, thus disproving His resurrection and ascension. If word gets out, all of Christendom will be thrown into turmoil... Fantastic story. It kept me on the edge of my chair...well no, not really, but it certainly kept me reading well into the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 9/6/2011

    " I read this prior to seminary and it had me wondering what difference bodily resurrection makes. It's surprisingly well-written considering it's by a noted seminary professor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/5/2011

    " Another book from my sister-in-law's giant pile of cast-offs. I enjoy as good religious-themed drama and this one delivered. I couldn't put it down, even when I thought I knew what was going on. I thought it was a well-paced book and I enjoyed the slightly scientific details thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 5/6/2011

    " It was a little slow in spots, buy still good enough to keep my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathi | 2/6/2011

    " I enjoyed the story line, but found the writing to be somewhat tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/11/2011

    " Jon is on a archeological dig for his sabbatical. They make a discovery that is stunning. If real, it can destroy the faith of millions. If a hoax, then how or why?

    An enjoyable story set in Israel steeped with history, politics and social issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/22/2010

    " It's been a long time since Cheryl gave me this book to read, but I remember it held my interest to the end. It was a good read. Had me thinking, "What if?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 3/28/2010

    " Not as good as her series' books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geraldine | 2/17/2010

    " This book really pushed me to examine my own faith and decide if I really believe or if it's just that I've been told such things and adopted the ideas because it was just easier.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/5/2009

    " Not bad, but not great either. I appreciated the authentic archaeology over Dan Brown's semi-history. But, the story drags at points that make me appreciate Brown's speedy tale telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelo | 9/26/2009

    " Well written and good under story. Interesting facts about history and how things can be faked, Good read. I keep it in my bookcase as a backup when I dont have a new book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 8/28/2009

    " Paul Maier can do good fiction, who knew? I love his non-fictional translations and commentaries. This fiction kept me turning the pages and you don't have to be a biblical scholar to know what he's talking about. It's a good one on faith when the odds are stacked against you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/11/2009

    " Immensely enjoyable, if tainted with a tiny bit of cheese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/1/2009

    " Book was interesting and the archaeology technology amazing, but I thought a lot of the wording was dated and some of the charactarization hard to swallow. Very topical subject matter, with the kind of world we are living in today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/6/2009

    " This is a fascinating look at how one man sees the world, if Jesus was never resurrected in the flesh. It would be discouraging to read, if you did not read it all the way through. A very good book, that makes you think, but comes back to the Truth by the end. "

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About the Author
Author Paul L. Maier

Dr. Paul L. Meier is the professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University and a much-published author. His novels include the bestselling thriller A Skeleton in God’s Closet and its sequel, More than a Skeleton. Over five million copies of Dr. Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

About the Narrator

J. Charles has narrated nearly one hundred audio books throughout his career. His readings include numerous titles by bestselling authors Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, and Jack Du Brul.