The Word [NOOK Book]

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"I, James of Jerusalem, brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, heir of the Lord, eldest of the Lord's surviving brethren and the son of Joseph of Nazareth...herewith...set down a brief testimony of my brother Jesus Christ's life and ministry..."

A momentous archeological discovery, the greatest of all time - and the immediate effect it has on the varied group of men and women whose lives are intimately touched and altered by it - is at the heart of...
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The Word

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Overview

"I, James of Jerusalem, brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, heir of the Lord, eldest of the Lord's surviving brethren and the son of Joseph of Nazareth...herewith...set down a brief testimony of my brother Jesus Christ's life and ministry..."

A momentous archeological discovery, the greatest of all time - and the immediate effect it has on the varied group of men and women whose lives are intimately touched and altered by it - is at the heart of this exciting novel.

In the ruins of the ancient Roman seaport of Ostia Antica, an Italian archeologist has discovered a first-century papyrus, its faded Aramaic text revealing a new gospel written by James, younger brother of Jesus, the original source of the four gospels of the New Testament. The discovery offers the modern world a new Jesus Christ, a real man who lived and walked on earth, fills in the missing years of his ministry, contradicts the existing accounts of his life - and of his supposed death.

To the world at large, The Word - if it is genuine - will come as a revelation, a call to revived faith and hope in an age of doubt and fear. To the syndicate of international Bible publishers and their theologians, who have guarded the secret since its discovery and gambled their lives and fortunes on its authenticity - The Word is a consuming obsession as well as a business enterprise of such magnitude that they cannot let it be touched by the slightest tinge of doubt.

To Steven Randall, the cynical and successful young New York public relations man who has been hired to introduce the International New Testament to the world, the assignment offers more than an awesome challenge. Haunted by a broken marriage, a problem daughter, a demanding mistress, he sees in it the promise of a spiritual regeneration, a last chance to save himself from the pointlessness of life.
But from the moment that Randall decides to investigate the new gospel, he is caught up in a web of intrigue - involving an ex-nun, a homosexual Dutchman, a crippled secretary, a monk on womanless Mt. Athos, a German printer hiding a scandal- that tests both his courage and the authenticity of The Word.

Rediscovering his faith in his fellow man and his capacity to love, Randall desperately pursues the source of The Word, searching for the truth at the risk of his newfound relationship with the daughter of the man who discovered the lost gospel, Angela Monti, challenging the austere and enigmatic Reverend Maertin de Vroome, the radical religious reformer who is fighting The Word and its orthodox sponsors.

Swiftly, recklessly, Randall eludes the vast international organization known by the code name Resurrection Two, which has been created to exploit the new Bible. Moving from New York and London to Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome - from the British Museum to a French radiocarbon laboratory, from the Dutch Westerkerk to a monastery on a Grecian peninsula - Randall continues his pursuit of the shadowy, mysterious figure - convict, madman, genius - who alone knows the truth about The Word.

With his brilliant flair for authentic detail, with his incomparable gift for storytelling, Irving Wallace has created in The Word his most explosive, controversial, and breathtaking novel.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012455260
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 610
  • Sales rank: 296,433
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    A riveting concept bogged down by improbabilities

    Irving Wallace has spun a captivating tale of an alternate ending to the Crucifiction. For a moment we are led to contemplate the possibility of what might have happened had Jesus not died on the cross. The story has all the elements of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but Wallace ties it all together with a highly unbelievable series of events that are exasperating on one hand and lacking in credibility on the other. Yet his main story line is an electrifying concept that compels one to want to believe. The reader is drawn through all its twists and turns towards a dangling ending which leaves one grasping for a sense of closure that might not have come on the hill of Golgotha after all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    The Best Book In the World!!

    I rate this 5 stars.. Its is a first-class book to read. For those people who read Da Vinci Code, this is a must. Every plot of the page is thrilling, puzzling, teasing, most of all, wanting to know more about the 'TRUTH'!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Not at all like Da Vinci Code

    Whoever decided to compare this two was way off base. This books drags for the most part, it gets a little interesting after 400 pages only to reach an unsatisfying closure! I was expecting a profound and well researched novel and ended up reading a cheap airport paperback with tasteless sexual scenes (so uncalled for) and ultimately a story that is not believable at all... I don´t care if this is a bestseller, I say don´t bother!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    wonderful

    this is one of my all time favorite books and has been since it was published in 1972

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Dribble!

    This book was so horrible I could not finish it! It was the most awful piece of cliche dribble I have found in a long time (on the level of a romance novel). I was so disappointed because the plot sounded interesting, but could not get passed the poor writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Favorite book of all time!

    I read this in 1972 when if was first released. As of today it is still my all time favorite book I have ever read. I lost my copy and just ordered a new one to reread and several to give to friends. If you liked the Da Vinci Code you will Love this!!

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