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  Saturday 23 June 2012
Here’s a mix of conspiracy-type stories centered on archaeological discoveries in or near Jerusalem, discoveries which have the potential to greatly affect established religions. The topic long predated The Da Vinci Code and will long outlast it.
One last dig. One final descent into the twisted tunnels of ancient Jerusalem. Will the truth be found among the treasures that lie beneath the holy city? Do the mysteries of the Old Testament hold the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East? [From book description]
The Secret Scroll is an extraordinary novel, a thrill-ride from its opening scene of discovery to the breathtaking, prophetic finish, which combines ancient Biblical secrets and a violently dangerous cult with modern-day assassination, kidnapping, and archaeological intrigue. Great characters, impeccable research, a spectacular setting, and swift pacing make this an exceptional debut novel. Absolutely first rate. [Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author]
Against the backdrop of Jerusalem and Nazareth, an archaeologist finds something that threatens to rewrite history, ruin his career, and even cost him his life. Despite his wish to get on to his work at Jericho, he is drawn into a labyrinth where theology, greed and power threaten all he believes to be true. Ultimately, only he can solve the problem. [From book description]
A viral YouTube video reveals that archaeologists in Jerusalem have made a major discovery but are keeping it from the public, and people naturally think they've found the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail. What the archaeologists have found, however, are clay tablets that represent a very early version of one of the books of the Torah, but with some significant differences from the current version. The Talpiot Find engages, entertains, challenges and enlightens the reader with its offbeat approach to the familiar archaeological-find-rewrites-history story. [From book description]
Archaeology professor David Rothmeyer finds himself in a web of international terrorism and Israeli-Arab conflict when the mysterious group known as "The Temple Consortium" hires him to find the one true descendant of Aaron qualified to take the office of High Priest in a rebuilt temple. In this fact-based fiction thriller, best-selling author Ellen Gunderson Traylor unravels the mystery behind many international and apocalyptic events in recent years. [From book description]
When a noted British arachaeologist is murdered in pre-WWII Jerusalem, a student archaeologist resolves to find out why. Naively plunging headfirst into a morally ambiguous morass, Lily becomes a pawn in an ever-escalating international game of double cross and deceit. This atmospheric adventure will effortlessly transport lovers of historical mysteries to another time and place. [From Booklist review]
Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in the process redefining history itself. [From book description]
What would happen if the world awoke one morning to media headlines and televised news broadcasts declaring that an archeological expedition headed by a world-renowned archeologist and a team of graduate archeology students in Israel, discovered a 2,000+ year-old skeleton in a secret tomb beneath the tunnels of Jerusalem? And on the wall of that tomb was written, "King of the Jews" in ancient Aramaic! [From book description]
Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan spends more time contemplating biblical history than modern-day murder. A preface sets the stage, providing a bit of factual context for the puzzle that emerges when Tempe is given a photo of an articulated skeleton, which she is told is the key to the suspicious death of a slightly shady Orthodox Jewish antiquities merchant. The legend on the back of a photo leads to the bones themselves, 2,000-year-old remains that excite not only Tempe but also her friend Jake Drum, a biblical archaeologist, who suggests that the bones might even belong to Jesus himself! [From Booklist review]
Deutermann expertly describes the heat and desolation of this barren land near the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where dreamers and visionaries risked all they had on principle. In a series of electrifying and suspenseful scenes, David explores previously undiscovered cisterns in Masada and makes a sensational discovery. Will he pay the ultimate price for his curiosity and daring? Although the book's conclusion is a bit too drawn out, Deutermann gets high marks for creating an engrossing work of fiction about fanaticism, past and present. [From a reader review]
The story, essentially a reworking of Howard's 2007 self-published novel The Lost Epistle of Jesus, switches back and forth between two plots, one in the present day and the other in first-century Jerusalem. Karim, a young Palestinian, tries to escape his jihadist father, leader of the Palestinian Patriotic Alliance, and stumbles upon a buried relic. His discovery takes him on a high-stakes adventure to bring the relic's contents to the world. Simultaneously, we read of Judith, a young Jew of the ancient world, who becomes involved with anti-Roman zealots, the radical rabbi Jesus, and his companion Mary Magdalene. [From Publishers Weekly review]
Scholars have written off the Talpiot tomb as an ancient Jewish burial cave, not the rumored lost tomb of Jesus. But even today, thirty years after its discovery in Jerusalem, the mystery remains unsolved. Now novelist Mara Beltane, desperate to reinvent her career and escape memories of a failed marriage, hopes to prove the rumor is true and turn it into a best-selling thriller. While in Jerusalem, Mara’s research is thwarted by Israeli archeologists intent on protecting the tomb—and complicated by her feelings for Dr. Uri Nevon, a handsome professor and biblical scholar with a hidden past who aids her research. But Mara keeps digging, and soon enough—with Uri at her side—she finds evidence that could prove the tomb is indeed the final resting place of Jesus, a revelation that would rock Christianity to its core. [From book description]
Posted by John Garvey
  Wednesday 20 June 2012
A funnel shaped like a calla lily
In the YGTBK category:Large mouth bass salt-and-pepper holder
You could probably find a sugar bowl that would fit into the mouth. Or it could hold toothpicks. Or a bottle of Tabasco.
Trap Jaw
Meet Trap Jaw (nee Kronis). From Masters of the Universe. Poor guy. And this is after the reconstructive surgery.
Tall green salad servers planted in a flowerpot
A tall mug looking like a stack of three coffee cups

This is great! Denture-shaped ice floating in your scotch!

Using the iPhone as a bottle-opener...?
Battery salt-and-pepper shakers
A red strawberry corer
A fruitbowl formed from a swirl of chrome wire
Rottweiler T-shirt
Eagle T-shirt
Meerkat T-shirt
Cat T-shirt
The Mountain T-Shirt Store uses an innovative dye oxidation system that employs no chemicals to clean the dye waste-water.
Brave new shoe. View a customer's demonstration video.
Posted by John Garvey
  Sunday 17 June 2012
The Rubber Chicken Handbag, at this moment, is at #26 in Clothing / Women / Accessories / Handbags / Shoulder Bags, with 42 customer reviews averaging 4.5 stars. And you can add a matching Rubber Chicken Coin Purse, and/or an Egg-Shaped Silicone Amplifier for the Apple iPhone 4/4G/4S in any of 6 colors (um, a black egg?). Or a Cool Chick Purse from Ty. Decisions, decisions.


This is cool, like high-speed photography—milk just beginning to splash out of a bowl.

“By med’cine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.”
The Dead Languages Tie may come in very handy someday, you never know.
Posted by John Garvey
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