Just last month I blogged about a new Temple Mount-themed novel, mentioning there a previous four.
And now a new one:
From a review:
...The story concerns a reluctant hero, Jewish lawyer Jonathan Marcus, who is sent by his firm on a sudden and mysterious mission to Rome, the scene of his academic disgrace seven years earlier. Upon arriving, Jonathan can’t deny his passion and skill or ignore his feelings for a long lost girlfriend after he lands back in his previous world of archeological research. A modern web of terror, destruction and deception as complex as the ancient Roman-Jewish world it parallels emerges as Jonathan slips, once again, into the fray.
Although not published by a Christian publishing company or marketed as Christian fiction, The Last Ember is a must read for anyone who desires a greater understanding of the role of archeology to Christians and Jews alike, and the tenuous position of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem...His visual descriptions of the Roman catacombs and the underground tunnels of the Temple Mount bring alive the sights, sounds and smells of archeology.
The Last Ember reveals unique glimpses into the ancient world and ancient languages. It teaches history, puts biblical events into an interesting context, and describes an interesting theory about the controversial Jewish historian known as Josephus. And, finally, this thriller resolves in a satisfying ending of hope and faith.
and from the publisher's blurb:
Jonathan [is sent] to Rome to discredit the testimony of a prominent U.N. antiquities official, he's stunned to discover that the expert is Dr. Emili Travia, a friend and fellow student at the academy who was also at the excavation. This chance reunion prompts Jonathan, against his better judgment, to help Emili as she searches for the fabled Tabernacle Menorah, a priceless historical artifact seized by Roman invaders in the first century A.D. and brought to Rome where it disappeared. As they scour the ancient sites of Rome for hints to the menorah's whereabouts — deciphering clues to its location left by ancient spies and eighteenth century art restorers — it quickly becomes clear that they are not alone in their quest...The forces of evil are represented by Sheik Salah ad-Din, who seeks to find and destroy the menorah...The sacred Menorah is allegedly to be eight feet of pure gold. Muslim Sheik Salah ad-Din searches for the precious menorah too, but if he obtains it, he will melt it down for the gold and even more so for religious reasons.