The Eighth Veil: A Jerusalem Mystery [NOOK Book]

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The Eighth Veil is a mystery set in the year 28 CE in Jerusalem during the feast of Tabernacles. A murdered servant girl is found in the palace of King Herod Antipas. The Prefect, Pontius Pilate is in attendance. The populace is still buzzing over the brutal death of one of their Prophets, John, known familiarly as the Baptizer, and scandal is in the air. Pilate wants no trouble and insists an independent investigation into the murder be made. Antipas will have none of Pilate’s men in the palace and Pilate ...
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Overview

The Eighth Veil is a mystery set in the year 28 CE in Jerusalem during the feast of Tabernacles. A murdered servant girl is found in the palace of King Herod Antipas. The Prefect, Pontius Pilate is in attendance. The populace is still buzzing over the brutal death of one of their Prophets, John, known familiarly as the Baptizer, and scandal is in the air. Pilate wants no trouble and insists an independent investigation into the murder be made. Antipas will have none of Pilate’s men in the palace and Pilate doesn’t trust Antipas. Gamaliel, the chief rabbi and head of the Sanhedrin is coerced by Pilate to do the detective work. Gamaliel is a Talmudic scholar, not a sleuth, and at first struggles. But as he learns more of the dead girl’s background and that of the other major players in the drama, particularly Menahem, Antipas’ foster brother, he soon becomes eon over to the process and, Sherlockian-like, begins to fit the pieces together. Or, as his “Watson” Loukas says, strips the veils from his personal Salome. The girl turns out not to be the mere servant everyone assumed, in spite of his impatience with the pace and direction of the investigation Pilate is rewarded and the fascinating, little told but critically entwined, histories of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, Anthony and Augustus Caesar, and the Battle of Actium suddenly seems more relevant to the Gospel narratives than anyone might have previously imagined. Meanwhile, the figure of Jesus, the rabbi from Nazareth, with his ragged band of enthusiasts and his habit of annoying Caiaphas, the High Priest, moves enigmatically in the background.
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“Ramsay captures the atmosphere of ancient Jerusalem and provides readers with an entertaining case that will broaden their knowledge of history.” --Booklist
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“The intriguing mystery, packed with historical detail, is quite a departure from the Ike Schwartz series (Rogue, 2011, etc.). Ramsay, a retired Episcopal priest who’s spent a good deal of time in Jerusalem, provides insight into what it must have been like in the time of Jesus.” --Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615953356
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Jerusalem Mysteries , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 581,346
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    I added this book to my Nook on a whim--now I want more! Dr. Ra

    I added this book to my Nook on a whim--now I want more! Dr. Ramsay subtly weaves Biblical characters with fictional ones so that there is a surprise in every chapter. I love books that keep me thinking, not just about the "mystery," but about the characters and the setting as well, and this one meets every requirement. It was advantageous to have a pretty thorough knowledge of the time period, Roman, Egyptian, and Israeli, but his historical explanations both at the beginning and the end further enhance the novel. I still kept wanting to "turn back" to the opening notes to review what he had said or to look at his "family trees," however. (This is the one thing I do not like about my Nook--not his fault, of course--but the difficulty with looking back and my poor eyesight makes doing either thing nearly impossible.) So, in a sense, I'd have rather read this in book form. However, I'm busily looking at his other selections right now trying to decide on a second Nook book, so I guess it's not TOO irritating. I did go to the internet and look up Herod's family at one point, however. No matter your religion, this book is fabulous! I hope the suggested historical characters appear in additional novels.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    First-rate Historical Mystery!

    Set in the year 28 CE, in the city of Jerusalem, this book cleverly mixes historical figures with a first rate murder mystery. Frederick Ramsay has his protagonist, Gamaliel, the chief Rabbi and leader of the Sanhedrin, summoned by Pontius Pilate to investigate the murder of a girl whose body was found in the bath in the palace of King Herod. Readers will discover a new, fresh approach to Biblical history while enjoying the progression of the sections of the book which are named after the Hebrew days of the week; for example, the first section is titled Yom Rishon, which is the name of the first day of the week, equivalent to our current Sunday. The title of the book comes from an observation made by Gamaliel in reference to the legendary Dance of the Seven Veils, reportedly danced by Salome, the step-daughter of Herod, which led to the beheading of John the Baptist. We get new insights into the character of Yosef bar Kayafa, or Caiaphas, and there are references to a certain troublesome, heretical Rabbi who is not named, but whom Christian readers will have no problem recognizing as Yeshua or Jesus. The wry humor and observations of Gamaliel reflect his wisdom, and add to the flavor of the book. Readers will discover along with Gamaliel that the murdered girl was more than just a servant, and that the pendant which she wore contains a key to her rape and murder. This book is written well, and since it's fairly short for a mystery novel, would make great weekend or vacation reading. Highly recommended.

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