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Author: Ariel Sabar Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9780593212509
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From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.

In 2012, Dr. Karen King, a star professor at Harvard Divinity School, announced a blockbuster discovery at a scholarly conference just steps from the Vatican: She had found an ancient fragment of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene “my wife.” The tattered manuscript made international headlines. If early Christians believed Jesus was married, it would upend the 2,000-year history of the world’s predominant faith, threatening not just the celibate, all-male priesthood but sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women’s leadership. Biblical scholars were in an uproar, but King had impeccable credentials as a world-renowned authority on female figures in the lost Christian texts from Egypt known as the Gnostic gospels. “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”—as she provocatively titled her discovery—was both a crowning career achievement and powerful proof for her arguments that Christianity from its start embraced alternative, and far more inclusive, voices.

As debates over the manuscript’s authenticity raged, award-winning journalist Ariel Sabar set out to investigate a baffling mystery: where did this tiny scrap of papyrus come from? His search for answers is an international detective story—leading from the factory districts of Berlin to the former headquarters of the East German Stasi before winding up in rural Florida, where he discovered an internet pornographer with a prophetess wife, a fascination with the Pharaohs, and a tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. 

Veritas is a tale of fierce intellectual rivalries at the highest levels of academia, a piercing psychological portrait of a disillusioned college dropout whose life had reached a breaking point, and a tragedy about a brilliant scholar handed a piece of scripture that embodied her greatest hopes for Christianity—but forced a reckoning with fundamental questions about the nature of truth and the line between reason and faith.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a story about journalism done right, about Sabar’s own capable, dogged sleuthing to get to the bottom of those famous headlines.”

    Time

  • “Narrator Robert Petkoff is pitch-perfect in delivering author Ariel Sabar’s examination of ‘The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’…Petkoff maintains a firm, steady pace…and in the end provides a compelling and memorable listening experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “A mesmerizing five-act real-life melodrama…There are dozens more surprises in his five-act play than in this brief appreciation. Savor the denouement—and don’t leave at intermission.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Beneath the surface of this meticulously reported book lies the slow burn, recognizable to any journalist, of a scorned professional.”

    Boston Globe 

  • “As good as a detective novel, possessing plot, subplots, hidden motives, bees in eccentric bonnets and startling revelations.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “An extraordinary and mind-bending adventure into ancient traditions with modern consequences.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Christian Anthropology
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Ariel Sabar is the author of My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Washington Post, and many other publications.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff is an actor and audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.