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Ryan Burke is Canadian, his parents and extended family are Australian, and he lives in America, pursuing a career in entertainment. His eclectic background is reflected by his career. Having worked in both Canada and the US as an actor, producer, and stuntman, he now works as a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Publication Date : December 25, 2013
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- Publisher : Martin & Lawrence Press (December 25, 2013)
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One of his first missteps was to identify the Albigensians as venerating “the sacred feminine”. These people (also known as Cathars) did not fall within the bounds of historic Christianity, but their heterodoxies were a belief in two gods – and evil god who is described in the Old Testament who ruled the material creation and the good god described in the New Testament whose realm was spiritual. This is a far cry from veneration of “the sacred feminine”. The Wikipedia on the Cathars also tells of a minority view within Catharism and according to this view, “…the history of Jesus would have happened roughly as told [in the Bible], only in the spirit realm. The physical Jesus from the material world would have been evil, a false messiah and a lustful lover of the material Mary Magdalene.” This, in itself, pretty well blows Brody’s thesis out of the water, since he seems to place a great deal of faith in the heresy that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
One of Brody’s characters, Cam, said “The truth is that God is part man and part woman.” This is a bold assertion that it hardly behooves a man painted as a scholar to say. My response is “Really?! That’s the truth, huh? WHOSE truth?” Certainly not Bible truth.
Here is another brassy and totally unsubstantiated claim. “Male leaders of the ancient church wanted to keep power for themselves so they changed their story to make Mary Magdalene be a… bad person”. Most male leaders of the ancient church were martyred for their faith. So is this Brody/Cam’s idea of keeping power for themselves? The masses of martyrs in the ranks of the early church are, in fact, one of the strongest evidences for the veracity of the biblical accounts of the life of Jesus. Does Brody imagine that they were all willing to die to perpetuate a myth they had made up?
“…the church calls itself the bride of God and the Mother Church”. This little clause sets some kind of record in that it contains three errors in just twelve words. The church doesn’t call itself the bride of God. The New Testament calls the church the bride of CHRIST. So both the caller and the one called are misidentified here. As for the “Mother Church” that is a claim of the Romanists that has no biblical basis.
At one point the story mentions the utter lack of archeological evidence in support of the Mormon narrative, yet throughout the book new discoveries made by the protagonists are often compared favorably to Mormon claims.
Here are two of the outright false claims made by Cam/Brody in a single sentence. “Moses ordered the gold to be baked into bread and put into the ark.” There is nothing in the Bible to support this wild claim. This is what the Bible says in Ex. 32:20: “…he [Moses] took the [golden] calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it.” No mention of bread. The only bread put into the ark was the “manna” that God caused to drop out of the sky. As far as Brody’s efforts to conflate the manna with “powdered gold”, I’d like to see him explain how the powdered gold would rot and breed worms if anyone tried to store it overnight.
The claim is made that Bezaleel, the prime builder of the Ark of the Covenant, was Azazel, a fallen angel. This is another bald-faced assertion for which there is no evidence. To the contrary, the origin of Bezaleel is given in plain terms in Ex. 35:30: “Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah”
The book contrives an extremely far-fetched naturalistic pseudo-explanation of how the Ark of the Covenant could have been a charged capacitor that zapped those who touched it. I think the only people who could find this credible are atheists and desperate for a way to take God out of the equation of the Ark. For one thing, every capacitor self discharges through leakage. Simply putting “powdered gold” inside the ark could do nothing to keep it charged.
In his notes at the end of the book Brody gives two references to substantiate the existence of “powdered gold” as derived from sand. I have not consulted the book he references, but the web article is full of errors. I say this as someone who has an earned doctorate in Electronic Engineering. Im’ just going to give one example here: “A superconductor does not allow any voltage potential or any magnetic field to exist within itself; it is a perfect insulator.” While the first half of the statement is correct, the second half is the exact opposite of the truth. A superconductor is not only NOT a perfect insulator. It is a perfect conductor, which is the exact opposite of an insulator. That’s why it is called a SUPERconductor!
At one point the book makes mention of “the whole original sin idea taught in the Catholic Church”. Well, this is one thing the Catholics got right, but they surely did not invent it. Original sin is taught from Genesis 3 to the end of the Bible.
Reference is made to one Lilith who is claimed to have been made a demon by God. God did not make anybody a demon. They chose that path for themselves when they rebelled against God.
Reference is made to Moses trying to sell himself to the children of Israel as their God-appointed deliverer. It is said he had a “tough sell”. Not really. Moses was aware of the potential difficulties in being accepted so before he undertook the assignment he asked God how he could authenticate himself as God’s messenger to the people and God gave him a couple of preliminary signs – signs that turned out to be pretty insignificant compared to the signs that God wrought on Egypt through Moses.
At one point the Ten Commandments are referred to as “the bloody Ten Commandments”. I guess Brody considers them bloody because they FORBID murder, stealing, lying etc.
Another blatantly false claim is that Bezaleel made the priestly garments of Aaron and his sons. I wonder whose extra-biblical revelation this was.
Hopefully enough examples of factual errors have been given that the author’s reference to the Exodus account as “far-fetched” should be applied instead to his fabrications. He himself says “The writer cannot simply make things up, fabricating history to suit his or her needs.” As Sir Percy Blakeney says in “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, “Sink me! I couldn’t agree more.” But that is exactly what Brody has done in service to his alternate story of the origins of the Ark of the Covenant and the Exodus.
Ordinarily I would give a one star rating to someone whose writing so markedly failed to square with history. But I’m giving it two stars for two reasons. The first is that the ancient artifacts that so motivate Brody are an interest of mine also. For anyone interested in the subject I would recommend the book “America BC” by Barry Fell. He gives many more examples of strange artifacts in America but without trying to weave a story around them.
The second reason for the augmented star rating is that the action line, while marginally believable, does move along nicely with some unexpected twists.
In this latest installment, Cameron (Cam) Thorne and his fiancée Amanda are brought to the Arizona desert. Cam is giving a lecture on the Knight's Templar and is approached by Survivalist William Smoot. He has heard that a golden ancient treasure is buried in the mountains on Arizona. At first, Cam is spooked by Smoot, but as it turns out the US government wants Cam to infiltrate the compound to help alleviate the increase situation happening with Smoot's group. Cam, Amanda, and Smoot find a replica of the Ark of The Covenant. It's radioactive and it's been propelled by "white powder of gold."
The feds have a dual scheme: apparently, Smoot has invented a potent and renewable source of energy and they have sent Agent Ellis Kinkaid to recover it at any cost. They also have Charlie Boone infiltrated in the camp who is monitoring the anarchy angle.
Twists and turns occur, and Cam and Amanda save the day right after their daughter Astarte is kidnapped.
The book is narrated from the third person point of view. The characters are real and interesting. Mr. Brody's prose is very easy to read and quite enjoyable. The plot is quite amazing as it is filled with real artifacts --for which there are pictures -- that tend to add a sense of reality to the story. The amount of research is astounding. You may not agree with the writer's conclusions--indeed, there is a warning to religious zealots to stay away-- but I would rebut you with the author's own words: "All religions seem like a fairy tale to people of other religions. If you're, say Hindu, the idea of God appearing on Mount Sinai to give Moses Ten Commandments is just plain silly. But to Jews or Christians or Muslims, the thought of being reincarnated as a mosquito or something is equally ludicrous." p 288.
I loved the book and highly recommend it!