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About the Author

Jeffrey Tiel is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. He has taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is an award-winning teacher, known for bringing ancient ideas to life. His extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean world provide a rich historical context for the characters and plotline of the novel. Drawing on threads of ancient Christian, Jewish, and Egyptian traditions, The Search for Melchizedek is a modern-day religious thriller that employs an ancient mirror to reshape our view of human history and ultimately ourselves. The Search for Melchizedek is the first in a trilogy of novels.

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  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XJMHNO
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Jeffrey Tiel, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is an award-winning teacher, known for bringing ancient ideas to life. His extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean world--through Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Greece--provide a rich historical context for the characters and plotline of the novel. The Search for Melchizedek is the first in a trilogy of novels.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Risner on September 24, 2012
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This review is by Jill, not Josh.

Before I read this book I had never heard of Melchizedek. Now I find myself thinking of him often. Melchizedek is mentioned in the Bible as a man who lived forever, but not much is known about him. Through this novel, Jeffrey Tiel creates an entertaining adventure about Melchizedek and those who wish to destroy him, capture him, and help him. This book was an enjoyable read and definitely got me thinking about what it would look like for a man to live for all time and observe mankind through the ages.

I am a fan of CS Lewis and definitely saw some influences from Lewis in this book. The way that Tiel uses fictional characters to communicate philosophical truths was very much like Lewis. Also, some of the interactions between Anne and Melchizedek in this book remind me of interactions that occurred between Jane Studdock and Ransom in "That Hideous Strength". If you are looking for an enjoyable book to read on an interesting topic that is grounded in historical facts, I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. E WARD on September 7, 2012
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This is an absorbing supernatural thriller, somewhat in the spirit of Charles Williams.

Early in the book it comes to light that Melchizedek, the Canaanite priest-king who blessed the patriarch Abraham, is still alive. He has spent thousands of years chronicling the rise and fall of the world's great empires and keeping his mission a secret from all but his friends. Over the centuries he has accumulated a great deal of expertise and wisdom.

Various parties are anxious to find Melchizedek. One rich man hopes to exploit him to find the secret of eternal youth and immortality. A government seeks to have him killed, fearing the political implications of his knowledge. Others seek to protect or serve him. The search reaches a startling climax at an ancient Egyptian temple.

Philosophy professor Jeffrey Tiel, the author, uses the Melchizedek character to discuss a range of issues in history, philosophy, and theology, and communicate eternal truths. I found this book to be very stimulating and inspiring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beleafer on December 31, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for an adrenaline laced thriller with constant action, this book will seem dull. But if you are willing to have your belief system (even those beliefs you don't realize you have and can't formalize) challenged by compelling dialogue interspersed with intense action, then this book is for you. As a scientist and a Christian I can't say that I agree with all the philosophy behind it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the mental gymnastics of trying to keep up with the deeper character discussions in the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AlyDavisOhio on December 4, 2012
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Drawing from his extensive knowledge of mythology, history and literature, Professor Tiel's excellent first novel imagines an ancient but supernaturally youthful man alive and well in modern times. Referenced in poetry and legend as the Watcher, called Melchizedek in the Bible, this ancient priest is tasked with observing and recording the deeds of all nations; to stand as the ultimate witness of human accomplishment and atrocity at the Final Judgment. His true identity discovered by an egomaniacal aristocrat obsessed with possessing the secret to eternal youth, Melchizedek and a handful of noble supporters become the targets of a world-wide manhunt. This fast-paced action novel is a great read for history buffs and fans of religious fiction alike. Sci-fi and spy novel readers will also find it appealing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on April 12, 2013
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I found the tale interesting but felt the author was pushing his ideas of truth a bit far, although that is his prerogative. The historical religious background given in the story is less academic and more mission based, which I personally find frustrating and distracting. Many tangents about wine that don't seem necessary. As another reader suggested, he needs to find a better editor.

However, I liked that he brought a character from the Bible, who is not well known, to life and his religious and philosophical ideas amped up my desire for discussion and debate, which is always a good thing.

If you can get past some of his style, there are some interesting ideas to partake.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2013
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This book was too slow getting started. Half way through and Tiel is still developing the characters and laying the foundation for the action. Enough foundation - get on with the story. I gave up on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vecinka on February 14, 2013
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This book is a thought-provoking action adventure. There's lots of action (where else can you get a commando raid on a hospital, a derailed train, a volcano, and a destroyed ancient temple all in the same book -- and still keep it believable?) while having lots to think about.

The Bible does leaves hints that Melchizedek may have never died, which opens lots of possibilities. And that, in my opinion, is what makes this book believable -- which helps make this a good book. And if he is alive, what are the ramifications?

I did knock this down a star because I felt as if the book "dragged" in some places. Some parts could have been left out or condensed without harming the plot and character development. Still, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Thanks, Mr. Tiel!
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