Archaeologists in Jerusalem dig up something disturbing.

The source of the story

The Second Book of the Kings
(New KJV)

Chapter 22
8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the Lord.” 10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
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The novel’s premise is disturbingly plausible.
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Marc
Marc

Occupation: Grad student in archaeology

Residence: Los Angeles, USA

Ethnicity: French-American

Religion: Agnostic Atheism (cultural Christian)

Interests: Cosmology, big dogs, Wikipedia, roller coasters, the beach
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Jess
Jess

Occupation: Co-director of the Talpiot dig, one of Marc’s archaeology professors

Residence: Los Angeles, USA

Ethnicity: Jewish-American

Religion: Secular Judaism

Interests: Scuba diving, backpacking, Gregorian chant, American politics
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Kaliyah
Kaliyah

Occupation: Co-director of the Talpiot dig, archaeology professor

Residence: London, England

Ethnicity: Jordanian-English

Religion: Islam (lapsed)

Interests: American movies, English politics, French cuisine, Jordanian pastry
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Yakub
Yakub

Occupation: Undergrad student in archaeology

Residence: Jerusalem, Israel

Ethnicity: Israeli

Religion: Traditional Judaism

Interests: American television, Israeli crime novels, conspiracy theories, online chess, texting
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