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Unholy Business : A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land - Nina Burleigh

Unholy Business

A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land

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In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary was trumpeted on the world's front pages as the first material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today it is exhibit number one in a forgery trial involving millions of dollars worth of high-end, Biblical era relics, some of which literally re-wrote Near Eastern history and which could lead to the incarceration of some very wealthy men and embarrass major international institutions, including the British Museum and Sotheby's.

Set in Israel, with its 30,000 archaeological digs crammed with biblical-era artifacts, and full of colorful characters—scholars, evangelicals, detectives, and millionaire collectors—Unholy Business tells the incredibly story of what the Israeli authorities have called "the fraud of the century." It takes readers into the murky world of Holy Land relic dealing, from the back alleys of Jerusalem's Old City to New York's Fifth Avenue, and reveals biblical archaeology as it is pulled apart by religious believers on one side and scientists on the other.

“A real-life Da Vinci Code told with the tension of a top thriller. Nina Burleigh uncovers the mysterious secrets, the dirty deals and the personal hatreds at the heart of the trade in biblical antiquities.”

A woman with many cats, Oct 2001 -- The billionaire's table, Spr 2002 -- The detective, Fal 2002 -- Pieces of God -- The collector -- Doubt -- The tablet -- The mysterious Tzuriel, Win 2003 -- Scholars, Spr 03 -- The workshop, Sum 03 -- The gulls, Fall 03 -- Accused, Fal 04.

ISBN: 9780061980909
ISBN-10: 0061980900
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th October 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia