Dr. Paul Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. He holds a PhD.; from the University of Basel (1957) and is an expert in Ancient Near East; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Christianity and the Roman Empire; & the Reformation Era. He is a Distinguished Scholar and has received the Alumni Teaching Excellence award & Professor of the Year award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Dr. Maier’s research includes a variety of methodologies involved in manuscript and text analysis, archaeology, and comparison of sacred and secular sources from the first century A.D. I give all this background because the author is not your typical fiction writer – he is an erudite scholar with a passion for history and gifted in communicating in a way that is fun and exciting.
This is the third book in a series of historical fiction that Dr. Maier has written. The first book was called “A Skeleton in God’s Closet” (Thomas Nelson, 1994); and the second was called “More Than a Skeleton” (Thomas Nelson, 2003). It’s been a long time coming for this third book in the series but well worth the wait. Dr. Maier is fun to read because he is a gifted historian, theologian, teacher, and writer. Therefore, for those who enjoy a good work of fiction and learning history to boot – anything by Maier is a treat.
The great thing about Maier’s fictional works is that they all stand-alone. The main characters are the same, but you will not be lost if you start with any of the three books. My recommendation would be to read all three of these books in order.
The main character in the story is Dr. Jonathan Weber. He is a professor of theology at Harvard, an archaeologist, and the best selling author of a book called “Jesus of Nazareth.” This book is full of twists and turns, intrigue and suspense, and keeps you engaged with a well developed plot until the end of the book. Another winner from Maier!