The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus

The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus

by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear
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The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear

There is an alternate story of the life of Jesus. One the early Church fathers found so menacing they outlawed the books that documented it, ordered them burned, and threatened anyone found copying them with death. International bestselling authors and award-winning archaeologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear put more than thirty years of exhaustive research into this fascinating novel.

In A.D. 325, Brother Barnabas is a student of the ancient holy texts. These books paint a portrait of Jesus that is radical, heretical, and irresistible. In the writings of Mary Magdalene, Phillip, and James, Barnabas finds clues to a secret he must protect at all costs. But the Ecumenical Council of Bishops has just declared his cherished books "a hotbed of manifold perversity." Emperor Constantine has decreed that the documents must be burned and that anyone found copying them will be executed as a heretic.

Barnabas's monastery is attacked. Brother Barnabas flees with his trusted companions, but they are being followed, for the True Church cannot allow them to find the most sacred place on Earth. In fact, it will do anything to stop them...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765354563
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 654,855
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage.

W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Together they have written the North America's Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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wk1130 More than 1 year ago
While a believer in the Biblical account and viewed this as a fictional accounting it was none the less interesting and engaging. I read everything the Gears write and believe to be among the mosy underrated authors alive today. Their style either apart or together is superb and their research cannot be faulted. Every book reminds me of the awe I felt when I first read "Hunt for Red October" and was overwhelmed at the research Clancy did and his ability to bring a submarine to life. The book provided many thoughtful moments and I enjoyed it immensely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great work. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. It gives a completley different look at Christian beliefs while not saying that Christianity is a falsehood. This is a great book that ranks right up there with The DaVinci Code, but just like the aforementioned it won't change my faith.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Ecumenical Council of Nicea met in 325 AD to decide what texts go into the New Testament codifying the Scriptures of Christianity. The Council was convened under the auspices of the Emperor Constantine who demanded a definitive version of Jesus¿ life that will in turn solidify his rule. He orders people who know the truth including members of the church killed and heretics defined as such by him burned.----------- At the Monastery of St. Stephen the Martyr in Egypt, Romans order the monks to burn the texts. They poison the food killing almost a hundred monks, but three survive because they were overlooked having been in an obscure section of the church. Barnabas the scholar grabs as many books as he and the others can carry. He escapes with the help of former Roman aide to Constantine Cyrus and the newest monk Zarathan and the beautiful Kalay. The Romans pursue the trio wanting to capture Cyrus and kill the others. Barnabas takes them to the secret cave of his mentor who provides the fleeing trio with a map that leads to the greatest treasure of all.------------ This captivating biographical fictional account about the life of Jesus does not fit the official Church doctrine as the Geers draw a different conclusion than the Nicea Council did. The authors make a case for a radically dissimilar interpretation of the events and the personality of Jesus insisting that three plus centuries later the victors rewrote the history. Those who objected to the True Church tenet were declared heretics and subject to torture to gain confessions and ultimately burned at the stake (still relevant today). THE BETRAYAL is a terrific thought provoking historiographic action thriller that delves into the life of Jesus by focusing on those who wrote the doctrine in the fourth century.------- Harriet Klausner
cburk More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. Kathleen does a wonderful job of referencing facts and weaving these facts into the story. Excellent book for open-minded Christians.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very well written. The topic is contoversial. I have always thought there had to be another version of the events of the last days of Jesus and the Gears do a great job of presenting just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a excellent book. I assume readers think it is a preaching type of book but it is far far from that. A great adventure with 3 friends. There are alot of interesting religious facts thrown in. This is probably my favorite book from the Gears.
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SallyS More than 1 year ago
I don't read much fiction but this crossed my path and, having been a mainline protestant all my life, decided to give it a try. The story had my heart racing in several places and I was pleasantly surprised by the plot. The characters are believable and the switch back-and-forth in time, telling two different stories, made we want to keep reading. I was surprised by the footnotes since this is fiction. They are nearly as interesting as the book itself, and show how much effort went into research by the authors.
SusanVT More than 1 year ago
The Gears have always been one of my favorite writing teams. Their accounts of early American Indians are breathtaking and I await each book with great anticipation. It has long been known that the early Church adotped only those volumes that supported it's views. The other books were destroyed until just recently (1945) when the cashe of scrolls and books of other persons involved in the story of Jesus were found in Nag Hammandi. These books will someday rewrite history without the need to reinterpret history. The story itself will unfold and the Church will not be able to stand in its way.

What is at state actually is the death of the Christian Church as we know it today and that will probably be a good thing. The cracks in the armour have beren showing for many years now and each day they grow in strength. However to completely overturn religion as we know it will take changes in our belief systems when the people of the church no longer have the power to make history as they would like it to be. Truth always will makes itself known - no matter how long it takes.