By David Gibbins

For hundreds of years, humans have speculated in regards to the fabled misplaced libraries of antiquity. If one have been stumbled on, what marvels wouldn't it include? Now a fearless workforce of adventurers is ready to unearth that long-hidden mystery, and it'll cause them to the main outstanding discovery ever made.

In the treacherous waters off the rugged Sicilian coast, marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his crew of clinical specialists and ex-Special Forces commandos make a surprising locate whereas trying to find the mythical shipwreck of the apostle Paul. And while a moment artifact is exposed within the ruins of a buried urban, Jack is at the verge of a discovery which may shake the area to its foundations: the handwritten phrases of Jesus Christ himself.

As he follows a stoop from the demise confession of an emperor to the burial crypt of a medieval pagan queen, Jack is chasing a conspiracy whose internet stretches to the top degrees of foreign power–and he'll need to hazard every thing to forestall the arguable rfile from falling into the fingers of a shadowy brotherhood made up our minds to meet their murderous vows.

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It’s exact. these medieval priests who transcribed this received it correct finally. ” He learn out the interpretation. “‘Beyond Idumaea and Samaria stretches the huge expanse of Judaea. The a part of Judaea adjacent Syria is termed Galilee. ’” He then started to paintings his manner down the textual content, his eyes darting from the interpretation to the scroll and again back, pausing sometimes the place the inability of punctuation within the scroll made it tough to stick with. “Pliny was once eager about the lifeless Sea,” he murmured. “Here he tells us how not anything in any respect can sink in it, how even the our bodies of bulls and camels glide alongside. He enjoyed this type of stuff. That’s the difficulty. He was once correct in regards to the excessive salinity of the lifeless Sea, yet there have been different wonders he wrote approximately that have been thoroughly wonderful, and Pliny wasn’t nice at distinguishing truth from fiction. If he had any form of tenet, it was once to incorporate every little thing he heard. He was once nearly solely reliant on secondhand resources. ” “At least with Claudius he might have had a competent informant,” Maria acknowledged. “A lovely sound pupil, by means of all bills. ” “Here we go,” Jack acknowledged. “This is simply earlier than the space within the scroll textual content, prior to the writing sort adjustments. ‘Iordanes amnis oritur e fonte Paniade. The resource of the river Jordan is the spring of Panias. ’ Then there’s an extended description: “In lacum se fundit quem plures Genesaram vocant, xvi p. longitudinis, vi latitudinis, amoenis circumsaeptum oppidis, ab oriente Iuliade et Hippo, a meridie Tarichea, quo nomine aliqui et lacum appellant, ab occidente Tiberiade aquis calidis salubri. “It widens out right into a lake often referred to as the ocean of Gennesareth, sixteen miles lengthy and six huge, skirted by means of the agreeable cities of Iulias and Hippo at the east, Tarichae at the south, the identify of which position a few humans additionally provide to the lake, and Tiberias with its salubrious scorching springs at the west. ” Jack pointed at a map he had laid at the different aspect of the sunshine desk. “This time he’s no longer writing in regards to the useless Sea, however the Sea of Galilee, a few 80 miles north on the head of the Jordan Valley. Gennesareth was once the Roman identify for it, almost like the trendy Hebrew identify Kinnereth. Tiberias is the most city this present day at the Sea of Galilee, a well-liked hotel. Tarichae he received improper, it’s now not south yet west, a number of miles north of Tiberias. Tarichae used to be the Roman identify for Migdal, domestic of Mary of Magdalene. ” “The position the place the Gospels say Jesus begun his ministry,” Maria acknowledged. Jack nodded. “Along the western shore of the ocean of Galilee. ” He paused, and sat again. “Now we come to the distance within the scroll textual content. this can be the place it will get relatively fascinating. There’s no hole in any respect within the smooth revealed textual content, in accordance with the medieval transcription, which matches instantly directly to a dialogue of bitumen and the lifeless Sea. ” “So our scroll needs to be a later model, the foundation for a brand new version that was once by no means published,” Costas murmured. “Maybe it was once one he was once engaged on while he died, with updates and adjustments. ” “He can have requested his scribe to do him a operating reproduction, leaving gaps the place he notion he used to be prone to make additions,” Maria stated.

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