Erased and Forgotten: The story about how Jesus’s brother James fought the Apostle Paul in a bitter battle of faith, and how this changed the message of Christ forever.
Haunted by the brutal execution of Jesus, his brother Yakov is desperately trying to piece together the fragments of his broken life. Dwelling in constant fear of persecution, he cowers in lakeside Galilee where the Romans rule with bloodstained hands. When the other disciples elect him as their new leader, Yakov refuses at first. He has no desire to put his life at further risk. Until Mary Magdalen suggests that they form a secret society in the shadows of the Jerusalem Temple, and Yakov reluctantly agrees.
Shortly after their move to Judea, an affluent tentmaker from Tarsus named Saul approaches Yakov with a wild tale that Jesus has risen from the dead as the long-awaited Messiah. The disciples protest: their beloved teacher Jesus was a humble man, not a god. And they witnessed his execution, they even entombed his body. But Saul just scoffs at their objections and insists that only his version of Jesus as the Savior is true. Now Yakov, Mary Magdalen, and the others must fight to keep Jesus’s credo of oneness with God alive. But how can these poor, uneducated disciples stand victorious in an arena of treachery and deceit, where the rich and powerful always prevail?
Spanning three decades, against a backdrop of increasingly violent Roman rule, THE HOLY CONSPIRACY is a tour de force of love and faith, arrogance and humility from one of our most inspirational new authors.
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Kristi Saare Duarte is an award-winning author of spiritual novels THE TRANSMIGRANT and THE HOLY CONSPIRACY. She developed her expertise on Jesus and the disciples by studying ancient scrolls and historical scriptures, including the Nag Hammadi Library and Josephus Flavius’s Antiquities of the Jews. A true cosmopolitan, Kristi is Estonian by origin, Swedish by birth, has lived in six countries on three continents, and currently lives in New York City. She is also a healer and a spiritual channel and believes that all religions stem from the same universal message: love your neighbor as yourself and be kind to all.