>Jezebel’s Tomb

>Jezebel’s Tomb, a book by David Hilzenrath, is being serialized by The Washington Post. The book is a work of fiction. The books is also a biblical mystery and an archaeological thriller.

The Washington Post provides the following synopsis of the book:

In 1883, a Jerusalem merchant claimed to have purchased from a Bedouin an unusual text found in a cave near the Dead Sea. He was on the verge of selling it to the British Museum for £1 million when he was denounced as a fraud.

Disgraced and destitute, he committed suicide. His artifact was lost to history.

Generations later, the forgotten man holds the key to a Jerusalem bombing and a 2,000-year-old mystery.

In the shadow of the Old City, a blast destroys one of Jerusalem’s premier archaeological museums. The Israeli Mossad blames Palestinian terrorists. Journalist Benjamin Jordan finds disturbing holes in the official explanation and quickly finds himself in the crosshairs.

Struggling to penetrate a deadly plot, Jordan follows his only lead to the University of Michigan and a young scholar named Catherine Cavanaugh.

Mutual attraction competes with mutual suspicion as they plunge deeper into danger.

Driven by ambition, scarred by terrorism, torn by the crosscurrents of an age-old conflict, Jordan must decide whom to trust and how far he’ll go.

His digging could unlock an ancient mystery—and unleash a cataclysm.

Since I like novels that are related to the Old Testament, I will spend part of my Summer vacation reading this book.

To read the book on line, click here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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