What if the story of Jesus isn’t the one that happened?
After terrorists bomb a cathedral in Chicago and steal an ancient relic belonging to one of Jesus’ apostles, ex-Army Ranger and professor Silas Grey is tasked with helping restore and translate one of early Christianity’s most recent—and controversial—archaeological finds: The Gospel of Judas. Containing “the secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke with Judas Iscariot,” as the Gospel begins, soon Silas discovers he is caught up in a plot that could alter the story of Christianity’s central figure: Jesus of Nazareth.
Meanwhile, the Order of Thaddeus discovers the missing apostle relic is only the tip of the iceberg of a world-wide effort to destroy the Church’s memory of Jesus. With this threat against the apostolic memory deepening, Silas’s mission to prove the Gospel of Judas a fraud is made more urgent—but there are doubts, and his efforts are thwarted at every turn. Can he and the Order preserve the eyewitness memory of Jesus’ earliest apostles before the history of the Church is altered forever?
The Thirteenth Apostle is the second book in the Order of Thaddeus action-adventure thriller series that combines the religious conspiracy suspense of Dan Brown with the historical insight of Steve Berry, and wraps it in the special-ops muscle of James Rollins and inspiration of Ted Dekker.
Explore this innovative new adventure by emerging author J. A. Bouma that straddles thrill and thought, faith and doubt.