Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Ariel Sabar is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the author of My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.


ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Smithsonian Magazine - Christian Science Monitor - The Minneapolis Star Tribune - Shelf Awareness



"A mesmerizing five-act real-life melodrama. . . . By the end of the book, one feels sorry for Ms. King, not so much because a con man gulled her but because, from the universe of journalists who might have covered this story, she drew Mr. Sabar. Pursuing the King-Fritz drama, he left no stone unturned. . . . There are dozens more surprises in his five-act play than in this brief appreciation. Savor the denouement--and don't leave at intermission." --The Wall Street Journal

"[A] madcap, unforgettable book. . . . It's a barely believable tale, crazier than a tweed-sniffer in the faculty lounge." --The New York Times Book Review

"It's a story about journalism done right, about Sabar's own capable, dogged sleuthing to get to the bottom of those famous headlines. . . . Veritas offers a vital lesson less about Christianity than about what happens when a scholar decides that the story is more important than the truth." --Time Magazine

"A thriller for eggheads. . . . Beneath the surface of this meticulously reported book lies the slow burn, recognizable to any journalist, of a scorned professional." --The Boston Globe

"Every page of its icily forensic narrative advances the story in someunexpected way. . . . Partly a psychological thriller about the danse macabre that goes on between a skilled con man and a well-chosen mark, partly a global historical blockbuster with variants on the obligatory tropes: lurid sex, wicked priests, Egyptology, Nazis." --London Review of Books

"Fascinating. . . . Engrossing. . . . The interaction of [the con man and the Harvard professor], one with a deep need to deceive and the other with a desperate need to believe, presents a wholly human story of frailty and weakness." --NPR

"Remarkable . . . gripping. . . . Essential reading even for those who havefollowed the case closely." --The Times Literary Supplement

"Minutely researched and thoroughly absorbing. . . . A page- turner." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A tour de force of investigative journalism." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Wild and propulsive. . . . Veritas is packed with details and tells a complex story, but Sabar's prose is clear and inviting, and the book is structured with a well-tuned sense of suspense. It's a wonderfully absorbing example of truth being stranger than fiction." --Tampa Bay Times

"Extraordinary. . . . as good as a detective novel, possessing plot, subplots, hidden motives, bees in eccentric bonnets and startling revelations." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Veritas is a masterpiece." --Jewish Review of Books

"A testament to the value of investigative journalism . . . full of shocking and revelatory moments." --The Daily Beast

"An enthralling true-crime escapade. . . . Riveting." --Shelf Awareness

"The plot features more twists and turns than a car chase." --The Christian Century

"A dramatic tale of gullibility, deception, ideology and academic politics." --Times Higher Education

"This astonishing book--part detective story, part exercise in reporting conducted at its highest level--reaches hold of you by the shirt collar and doesn't let go. Here is a gallery of types that have surrounded Christianity since its earliest beginnings: the professionally cynical, the frankly mercenary, and the profoundly faithful. It is a tale that takes us from the offices of two Harvard presidents to, perhaps inevitably, that of a Florida pornographer. Exciting on every level, it poses the deepest question of faith: does it depend on the scholarly verification of ancient fragments or on what Heaney called a journey 'into the marvelous?' I was bowled over by it." --Caitlin Flanagan, author of Girl Land

"Sabar's meticulous reporting shows how quickly the first victims of a forgery turn into con men themselves, desperately manipulating the evidence to keep plugging holes in a forger's fragile story. A masterful portrait of desire and a gripping analysis of a scandal that reveals the blurred lines between scholarship, faith, and lies. An unprecedented contribution to the study of forgery." --Dr. Erin Thompson, art crime professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present

"Ariel Sabar is an excellent investigative journalist explaining in detail a con that could have changed all of Christianity. Whatever the scam, the con artist and the victim both have an agenda." --Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can

"Veritas is a fascinating journey into theology and academia, meticulously researched, well-written, consistently engaging." --Gregg Easterbrook, author of It's Better Than It Looks

"[An] intriguing religious/true-crime story involving a possible wife of Jesus...[A] fascinating tale." --Kirkus Reviews

"Sabar has written a true story of mystery and intrigue...blending religious history with a tale of deception...Well-researched, engrossing." --Library Journal

"A work of exemplary narrative nonfiction . . . fitting neatly into the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction category. . . . Provocative and probing." --Booklist (starred review)

"In this entertaining outing, journalist Sabar (My Father's Paradise) tells the story of a mysterious scrap of papyrus and the scholar who staked her professional reputation on it... this meticulous account is packed with enough intrigue to keep readers piqued" --Publisher's Weekly