Voices of Reason - Author Nina Burleigh: Unholy Business

Sunday, December 14th 2008 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 14th 2008 at 4:00 pm
621 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market metro), Washington, DC 20003

Please join us for our Voices of Reason lecture series with Nina Burleigh discussing her new book, Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land .

From the Publisher: In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary was trumpeted on the world's front pages as the first material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today it is exhibit number one in a forgery trial involving millions of dollars worth of high-end, Biblical era relics, some of which literally re-wrote Near Eastern history and which could lead to the incarceration of some very wealthy men and embarrass major international institutions, including the British Museum and Sotheby's.

Set in Israel, with its 30,000 archaeological digs crammed with biblical-era artifacts, and full of colorful characters-scholars, evangelicals, detectives, and millionaire collectors-Unholy Business tells the incredibly story of what the Israeli authorities have called "the fraud of the century." It takes readers into the murky world of Holy Land relic dealing, from the back alleys of Jerusalem's Old City to New York's Fifth Avenue, and reveals biblical archaeology as it is pulled apart by religious believers on one side and scientists on the other.

Nina Burleigh is the author of four critically acclaimed nonfiction books. Her latest, Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land , tells the story of the unraveling of a Bible relic forgery scheme in Israel, and the intriguing world of biblical archaeology and relic collectors.

Burleigh was born and educated in the Midwest, and began in journalism covering the Illinois Statehouse for the Associated Press. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago, a Master's in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a B.A. in English from MacMurray College. Nina is married to the photographer Erik Freeland, and they and their two children live in New York.

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