The Lost Gospel

An Archaeological Thriller

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Pub Date 30 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2022

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Description

In Israel, famed archaeologist Christopher Jordan and ancient manuscript expert Kathryn Ferguson team up again to save two recently discovered jars and the early Christian documents they are believed to contain. Complicating their effort are an American Fundamentalist student who discovered the jars and fanatically believes they should be in Christian hands; and a Hezbollah kidnapping attempt of Chris and Kate in reprisal for their earlier heisting of Mark's original gospel from Syria. Israeli and Palestinian antiquity authorities are also in the mix for claiming ownership of the jars in an escalation of this percolating international recipe for war.

Paralleling Chris and Kate's assignment is the story of the original lost sayings of Jesus, the Q Gospel, a creative imagining of how they came to be composed and the author's efforts to save his lifetime work.

Filled with fascinating historical detail, both stories weave between modern and ancient biblical times as formidable obstacles face the protagonists in their race toward thrilling conclusions.

In Israel, famed archaeologist Christopher Jordan and ancient manuscript expert Kathryn Ferguson team up again to save two recently discovered jars and the early Christian documents they are believed...


A Note From the Publisher

Joe Edd Morris is the author of "Land Where My Fathers Died", "The Prison" (both awarded Best Fiction by the Mississippi Library Association), "Torched: Summer of ’64" (Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, Montaigne Medal and Maxy Awards finalist) and non-fiction works including "Ten Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said".

Joe Edd is a psychologist and retired United Methodist minister. He and his wife, Sandi, live in Tupelo, MS where he has a private practice in psychology. He enjoys traveling, gardening, playing the piano and writing.

Joe Edd Morris is the author of "Land Where My Fathers Died", "The Prison" (both awarded Best Fiction by the Mississippi Library Association), "Torched: Summer of ’64" (Eric Hoffer Grand Prize...


Advance Praise

“A remarkable feat: The Lost Gospel, as inspiring as it is exciting.” –Michael Hartnett, award-winning author of The Blue Rat

“A remarkable feat: The Lost Gospel, as inspiring as it is exciting.” –Michael Hartnett, award-winning author of The Blue Rat


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Moves between current and historical times. Lots of action. Interesting historical information about political environments in both times

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“The Lost Gospel” by Joe Edd Morris is a delightful historical fiction with a time-traversing story thrown in. The two main characters are Kathryn Ferguson who is an expert on ancient documents and Christopher Jordan who is a renowned archaeologist. They team up to uncover a mystery of what might be inside two sealed ancient vessels, perhaps form the time of Christ.

The time part of the story takes us to the area in Israel just after the Crucifixion and the reason the jars are there and what is inside of them. The men of the time have some harrowing experiences with both the Romans as well as their own countrymen.

The modern story also has some unexpected twists and turns and the entire book is filled with high adventure. Whether one believes that the biblical story of Jesus is an accurate description of the times or not this novel is one that has enough adventure as well as plausible action to be exciting.

Definitely would suggest reading this because of its interest and that it is well-written and fast paced.

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This book utilizes an interesting technique to tell its story. Each chapter switches back and forth in time. In current time, two scientists (one with a background in British intelligence) are sent to Israel to check out a newly discovered archaeological site. In the flashback chapters, we meet several early Christians who are creating scrolls that record their recollections of hearing the words of Christ.

The back and forth technique definitely adds suspense to the story. A romantic side plot added another layer of interest to the the story.

For those interested in what life in 66 AD was like for the early Christians, this story provides excellent perspective. For those looking for a modern-day adventure, the book works well.

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I first must thank NetGalley and the publisher for my eARC in exchange for my honest review. Set in alternating timelines this Archeological thriller takes place between 66 AD and present day. An adventure that will pull you along, even more if you have any intrest in biblical history. Though it is fiction it is wonderfully believable. I would round it up a little to 4.25 stars, it is well worth the read.

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