Although faith has to do with believing in the heart, a great thing about Christianity is the amazing amount of historical facts and archaeology that supports it. That’s the basis behind The Testimonium by Ben Lewis Smith.
Smith did a fabulous job of proposing an archaeological find that—while not proving Christ’s resurrection—lent strong historical support to the Gospel account. Smith’s historical and scientific research made the basic premise of an archaeological find feel true to life. I especially enjoyed the description of the documentation and scientific process involved in preserving archaeological finds. Smith used those descriptive moments to educate us readers but also to move the story forward and deepen our understanding of the characters involved.
Smith’s characters were well developed and their personal growth was well thought through. The reactions from various segments of the world community felt real and probable as he dealt with the question of how religious communities would react to either a confirmation or change in our understanding of the historical Jesus of Nazareth.
I reviewed this book previously here, but wanted to take the opportunity to plug it again since our book club is now reading it. Additionally, it occurred to me that the book would be an especially interesting Lenten read as we look forward to celebrating Easter.
The story moved quickly with strong writing and a page-turning plot. In all, The Testimonium was a great read. I recommended it to my book club. Today we’ll be meeting to discuss it. Can’t wait to hear what they have to say.
Have you read this book? What did you think? What did you love? What did you question? Head over to “Carol’s Book Club” (above) and leave a comment.