But Jon isn't interested in the hype. He's far more concerned with how people are being misled by prophecy enthusiasts and their bizarre end-times scenarios, particularly the wrong-headed predictions of his nemesis, Melvin Morris Merton.
Still, Jon is a professor, not a crusader. He's happy with his life of teaching (Harvard and Hebrew University), writing (a best-selling "biography" of Jesus), and research (Near East studies). He's also a newlywed, deeply in love with his brilliant and beautiful wife, Shannon. Not even an annoying lawsuit from Merton can shake his world.
But Joshua Ben-Yosef can.
This Israeli speaks a dozen languages - fluently and without accent. His words ripple with wisdom and authority, and crowds follow him, enthralled. He heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, casts out demons, and even raises the dead.
Once again, Jon is drawn into a hot pursuit of the truth that at times casts him into the very lonely, very dangerous role of one man against the world.
Review the evidence, join the dig near Nazareth that uncovers a first-century mosaic, and find out if three lines of Hebrew could change the course of history.
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It was interesting enough to bother finishing it.
Overall it was OK, though quite tedious, sort of like the 2nd part of Indiana Jones. Obviously Paul Maier put a lot if effort into this book and it shows his academic knowledge and understanding in theology and history. Saying this the whole premise for the plot is not realistic as there is no way that so many believers would actually believe that Jesus would return as a physical person born again in our world, it is surprising that apparently Lutherans and other actually think it is reasonable. Paul Maier offcoarse trying to convince himself that there is no supernatural activity on earth and only Jesus perform supernatural signs and wonders and that is also strange, I would need much more then supernatural to convince me that Jesus in the flesh is back just like 2000 years ago because Jesus himself said that humans in His name can perform miracle themselves, so it is unthinkable that every Christian that has an answer prayer would immediately would be suspected to be Jesus himself?!... Seems like Paul planed only Lutherans to read this book. To his credit he succeeded somehow to draw even Pentecostal Jews like me and I will give him that! Hope the Codex Vaticanus will be better....