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Paul L. Maier

Author of  More Than a Skeleton

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Paul L. Maier's Bio:
Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University. A graduate of Harvard University and Concordia Seminary, he pursued post-graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland. After studying at the latter under famed scholars Karl Barth and Oscar Cullmann, he received the Doctor of Philosophy dgree summa cum laude in 1957.

In 1968, Doubleday published Dr. Maier's first documentary novel, "Pontius Pilate," a fresh view of the politics behind Jesus' crucifixion. The book received wide critical acclaim and has gone through numerous printings, editions, and translations.

A specialist in correlating data from the ancient world with the New Testament, Dr. Maier next authored a best-selling trilogy of books on the life of Jesus and earliest Christianity, now included in one volume: "In the Fullness of Time -- A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church" (Kregel, 1998). The book was widely syndicated in the nation's newspapers.

Dr. Maier travels and lectures widely, appears frequently in national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has published more than 200 articles and reviews in general and professional journals. In 1967 he married Joan M. Ludtke, and they have four daughters: Laura, Julie, Krista, and Katherine.

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