By Edward Whittemore
Sinai Tapestry, the intense first novel of the Jerusalem Quartet, is an epic trade heritage of the center East within which the invention of the unique Bible hyperlinks a disparate team of exceptional humans throughout time and space.
In 1840, Plantagenet Strongbow, the twenty-ninth Duke of Dorset, seven-feet-seven-inches tall and the best swordsman and botanist of Victorian England, walks clear of the relations property and disappears into the Sinai wilderness wearing just a huge magnifying glass and a transportable sundial. He emerges 40 years later as an Arab holy guy and anthropologist, now the writer of an enormous research of Levantine sex―and the key proprietor of the Ottoman Empire.
Meanwhile, Skanderbeg Wallenstein has stumbled on the unique Bible, misplaced on a dusty bookshelf within the monastery library. To his amazement, it defies each fact held by way of the 3 significant religions. approximately a century later, Haj Harun, an antiquities broker who has acted as dad or mum of the Holy urban for 3 thousand years, uncovers the hidden Bible.
Sinai Tapestry is the 1st quantity of the Jerusalem Quartet, which maintains with Jerusalem Poker, Nile Shadows, and Jericho Mosaic.
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