The Fire Gospel

The Fire Gospel

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Baker & Taylor
After going to Iraq to search through the artifacts that had survived the war and smuggling a secret scroll out of the country, an ambitious Canadian linguistics scholar knows he holds something that will forever change his life, but his childish greed blinds him to the dangerous ramifications he is sure to face from powerful figures around the world.

Perseus Publishing
Theo Griepenkerl, a Canadian linguistics scholar, is sent to Iraq in search of artifacts that have survived the destruction and looting of the war. While visiting a museum in Mosul, he finds nine papyrus scrolls tucked in the belly of a bas-relief sculpture: they have been perfectly preserved for more than two thousand years. After smuggling them out of Iraq and translating them from Aramaic, Theo realizes the extent of his career-making find, for he is in possession of the Fifth Gospel, and it offers a shocking and incomparable eyewitness account of Christ’s crucifixion and last days on Earth. Nakedly ambitious and recently dumped by his girlfriend, Theo sets out to share his discovery with the world in the form of a headline-grabbing U.S. book tour. Caught in the throes of his newfound fame, Theo fails to consider the global and cultural ramifications his discovery will have with God-fearing folks and religious zealots worldwide. Like Prometheus’s gift of fire, Theo’s book has incendiary consequences. A hugely entertaining, and by turns shocking story, The Fire Gospel is a smart, stylish, and suspenseful novel by the celebrated author of The New York Times best seller The Crimson Petal and the White.


Blackwell North Amer
Theo Griepenkerl, a Canadian linguistics scholar, is sent to Iraq in search of artifacts that have survived the destruction and looting of the war. While visiting a museum in Mosul, he finds nine papyrus scrolls tucked in the belly of a bas-relief sculpture: they have been perfectly preserved for more than two thousand years. After smuggling them out of Iraq and translating them from Aramaic, Theo realizes the extent of his career-making find, for he is in possession of the Fifth Gospel, and it offers a shocking and incomparable eyewitness account of Christ’s crucifixion and last days on Earth. Nakedly ambitious and recently dumped by his girlfriend, Theo sets out to share his discovery with the world in the form of a headline-grabbing U.S. book tour. Caught in the throes of his newfound fame, Theo fails to consider the global and cultural ramifications his discovery will have with God-fearing folks and religious zealots worldwide. Like Prometheus’s gift of fire, Theo’s book has incendiary consequences. A hugely entertaining, and by turns shocking story, The Fire Gospel is a smart, stylish, and suspenseful novel by the celebrated author of The New York Times best seller The Crimson Petal and the White.


Baker
& Taylor

Sent to Iraq to find artifacts that survived the war, a linguistics scholar discovers the ancient scrolls of the Fifth Gospel and decides to reveal his discovery, failing to realize the consequences for religious believers.

Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, c2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781847671837
1847671837
Characteristics: 213 p. 21 cm

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Aug 24, 2017

My first ever negative comment (usually don't bother) but this book was boring and disappointing... Not at all "hugely entertaining, and by turns shocking" nor "smart, stylish, and suspenseful"...
What is the point of attacking religious stories? For many people, stories give comfort and hope while experiencing life problems, stress, fear, and grief. Often religious stories inspire compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Whether or not I believe the stories literally I do appreciate all messages and metaphors of love.

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