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read St Peters Bones reader Õ Paperback ☆ hannahredhead Ô An exciting and fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope none other than Peter the apostle of JesusIn 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news the 1100 year old Basilica of St Peter suSolution was to pull down the old church one of the most venerable churches in Christendom and erect a new basilica on the site Incredibly one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St PeterThen in 1939 while working underground in the Vatican one workman's shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air Th In 1940 as part of a construction project at the Vatican Pope Pius XII authorized a team of excavators to work under the Basilica of St Peter As the work progressed remains of an ancient Roman necropolis was discovered As the excavators dug down layer after layer they found many tombs from the first centuries of the Roman Empire Among these tombs and mausoleums they found evidence of early Christian burials Tradition holds that the Basilica of St Peter is built over the site of the Apostle’s tomb The excavators finally reached the location and what they found there is the subject of this short bookSt Peter’s Bones tells the story of this excavation and also covers stories from the early church period The book is not so much a work of history as a devout believer’s look at an important moment in the Church The author’s own faith is very apparent in the first few pages He does a very good job of explaining what relics are and why they are important There is a nice summary of the ancient tradition of preserving the relics of martyrsI won't give away too much since the author tries to lay the book out as a discovery You will have to read it for yourself to find out what happensThis book has many good ualities but alas it also contains some flaws I will look at the flaws first because the book is good and I want to leave you with the good points First of all this is not a work by a historian or a even a popular historian The narrative is a little disjointed The style works but it made this reader wish that the author would stop bouncing around and stay on topic More than anything else the style resembles the writing on a television show like NOVA or National Geographic This is not a bad thing but the style certainly works better on television than in print As stated earlier this is not designed to be a straight forward work of history much less a scholarly text but it would have been nice if the author had included at least one source for his statements He often makes assertions and moves on There was not a single footnote or endnote to cite the source There were some other uibbling points I would love to see any source that states the primary language of Rome in the first century was Greek and that they only reverted to back to Latin laterOn the positive side this book gives a nice introductory look at the subject The author makes it very easy for someone with no knowledge at all of the period to at least get their toes wet I had not read anything on this particular subject so it was interesting to read about the excavations and the findings I did enjoy the book and I hope that will be written on this fascinating topic This book is worth the money and the short amount of time it will take to read it I hope that the author is able to find someone in television like PBS or the History Channel to make a show out of this I believe that this book will appeal primarily to lay Catholics though anyone approaching this subject for the first time will find a lot to learn here as well The book is short 144 pages and the author does a good job of making the subject accessible

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E diggers shone a flashlight through the opening and saw a portion of an ancient Christian mausoleum An archaeologist was summoned at once and after inspecting what could be seen through the hole the diggers had made in the mausoleum's roof he authorized a full scale excavation What lay beneath The answer and the adventure awa I have been thinning down my to read list and found this title The premise of a search for the Apostle Peter's grave and bones is interesting However this book about the archeological work done during the 1940's is thin on evidence I found the tale disorganized padded with extraneous information that add little to the storyline Did they find a grave where tradition states Apostle Peter's grave would be The answer appears to be yes The issue is regarding bones And there you need to take a leap of faith That the bones eventually found lost and found in a storage room were those of Peter who the Catholic Church claims as the first pope This would have made a nice article in Archeology Today rather than a stand alone book

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St Peters BonesAn exciting and fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope none other than Peter the apostle of JesusIn 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news the 1100 year old Basilica of St Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair The only This story takes me back to my couple of visits St Peter's but without the opportunity of visiting the grottoes Walking through the immense space admiring the incredible artworks watching tourists with their cellphones and cameras mingle with the devout you look up into Michaelangelo's dome from the floor of the basilica and you see Tu es Petrus prominently displayed At that point you realize the reason for this incredible palace built on an ancient cemetery Before hearing an interview with the author I really did not know this controversy even existed After this interview I really needed to read this bookIn writing about the 1940's excavations under the basilica Craughwell manages not only to write an account of this archaeological project but also gives a succinct history of the basilica as well as the place of relics in Catholic observances He also raises the esoteric issue of the role of faith tradition in an increasingly secular world; he also shows a personal level that no one is immune from human foiblesGeorge Weigel the distinguished Catholic author said 'Archaeology isn't algebra; it yields probabilities rather than certainties' Weigel's statement gets to the heart of this uestion In a society that by and large places trust in science people have become accustomed to certainty But in the case of St Peter's bones certainty is impossible to establishThis fascinating story is definitely stranger than fiction great story great read It's the Vatican version of Raiders of the Lost Ark