Art West is enjoying his new life in North Carolina when he gets a phone call from his old friend and classmate and fellow archaeologist, Charlie. It seems a major discovery has been made at a dig at the back of the Vatican property--the tomb of Andronicus and Junia, apostles of the Lord, and other Jewish Christians as well. Charlie is in over his head, and calls in Art for help. What will the Catholic hierarchy make of the evidence of a female apostle right under their own territory? Why has the press suspected the Vatican of trying to bury its Jewish past? Set in Rome and other Italian venues, this novel explores the evidence for women as apostles and leaders in early Christianity, and various interesting aspects of Roman culture--including the famous graffiti artists. Once again Art West and his friends Grace and Khalil are called in to interpret Christian history, this time for the Pope. As the novel demonstrates, Christian history is always full of amazing and interesting surprises.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Roma Aeterna is a fun, rip-roaring romp through one of the world's most ancient and spiritual cities. The Witheringtons combine historical fact with fiction in order to raise compelling questions about long-held traditions within the church. With a cast of characters as diverse and unique as Rome itself, Art West's latest adventure is as thought provoking as it is entertaining." --Sarah Yeomans, Biblical Archaeology Society
"Women apostles and Jewish martyrs, archaeological investigation and international crime, ecumenical conversation and inter-religious cooperation--behind the fiction and the fun are solid facts and plausible reconstructions." --Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University
Ben Witherington, III Ann Witherington
Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, and the author of over thirty-five books, including New York Times Best Seller The Brother of Jesus. Ann Witherington is Instructor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Asbury University. Ben and Ann have been married for over thirty years.