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

4 Ratings: 1.0
A book by Nina Burleigh

Starred Review. In November 2002, the public display of an ossuary (an ancient burial vessel) inscribed James, the brother of Jesus, sent ripples of excitement, doubt and consternation through both the religious and scholarly worlds. But when scholars … see full wiki

Author: Nina Burleigh
Genre: Arts & Photography, Science
Publisher: Smithsonian
4 reviews about Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed...
review by . August 17, 2008
In the hands of another author, this could have been a very different book -- a sort of "C.S.I. Jerusalem" in which teams of scientists pore over the James Ossuary and other artifacts in a race to determine their authenticity, while theologians and journalists argue over what that authenticity might mean for Jewish and Christian history and faith.    That's not the book Nina Burleigh wrote, however. Indeed, you don't even have to crack the spine to know the James Ossuary is a …
review by . August 04, 2008
Though Unholy Business has the potential to be a riveting read, it falls far short with its disjointed approach to storytelling. The author bounces back and forth through time and introduces a dizzying array of similarly named characters in the process. In the beginning, I found myself flipping back to previous chapters just to track the chain of events and people involved. The complicated story of this massive fraud often seemed to take a back seat to the author's opinion of the reasons behind …
review by . August 03, 2008
I obtained this book because I am interested in the controversy surrounding the James ossuary, the inscribed limestone box that may have held the bones of James, brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Christians after Jesus' death on the cross. I remember when the bone box came to the Royal Ontario Museum I considered going to see it, and, like millions of other people who found the box highly significant, I wondered if it really was genuine. I later learned the man who owned the box, Oded …
review by . July 27, 2008
. . . but many questions remain.    I'll be honest. I've never considered Nina Burleigh as anything more than a second-rate (at best) writer -- one whose credibility was seriously compromised by her untoward suggestion toward the former President, because of her approval of his "choice" policies. Further, her writing over the last several years has exhibited a decided "trend" toward a political and social point of view . . . whether realistic or not.     In …
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