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Public Lecture

"Unholy Business"

Presentation by author Nina Burleigh FR'08

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Open to:Public
Location:The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Detailed Description:Author and Explorers Club member Nina Burleigh will discuss the eccentric characters and high tech archeological fraud she uncovered researching her latest book, Unholy Business. 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 incredible 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. wrote: "In fast, noir-ish prose — imagine Sam Spade in the Holy Land —Burleigh tracks her story through the twilight world of Arab grave robbers and smugglers to the glimmering salon of a billionaire collector in Mayfair whose mission, writes Burleigh, is "proving the Bible true."

This lecture will also feature a signing of Nina Burleigh's book "Unholy Business."

"Unholy Business" was reviewed in The Wall Street Journal/Bookshelf/Oct. 20, 2008.
Reservation Deadline:Reservations are suggested on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 212-628-8383, Fax 212-628-4449, or email
Cancelation Deadline:By 3PM, Friday, November 21st. Reservations not canceled by this time will be charged to credit card.
Member Ticket Price:No Charge
Guest Ticket Price:$20
Student Ticket Price:$5 with ID



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