First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: The Magdalene Scrolls by Barbara Wood

First Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  This week I’m starting The Magdalene Scrolls, a novel of Obsession by Barbara Wood.  Here’s the beginning of Chapter One, Benjamin Messer translating from a recently discovered scroll:

Beware to the heathen and to the evil-intending who would disturb the contents of these jars, for the Curse of Moses shall be upon him, and he shall be cursed in the city and in the field, and cursed will be the fruit of his body and of his land; and the Lord will smite hi with a severe burning, inflict him with madness and blindness, and pursue him with mildew for ever and ever.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:

As if mesmerized by the ancient script, [Ben] stood rooted before his desk, the glossy photos suspended in midair. John Weatherby had been right. If more David ben Jonah scrolls were found, this could be a discovery to rock the civilized world. p.6

What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I’m a sucker for anything to do with archaeology and this novel grabbed me right from the start.  Share your thoughts and the link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph and/or your Teaser Tuesday post.

Happy Reading!

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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13 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: The Magdalene Scrolls by Barbara Wood

  1. Colline says:

    This sounds interesting. Are you enjoying it?

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  2. Diane D says:

    Hmm, not sure about this one for me Lorraine. Hope u like it though.

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  3. jpschaper says:

    Based on what you have shared, I would read more. It sounds interesting.


  4. It’s an interesting start, so I’d read on to find out more.


  5. I like that the intro grabbed my attention.


  6. Now, that book looks interesting! I want to know what Ben does with the scrolls and if anyone dares to disturb “the jars” and what happens if they do. I can’t tell a lot about the book from the synopsis and intro, but it has my curiosity piqued.


  7. Well that is a good old-fashioned curse! I’m not sure that this is really for me but I can definitely see the appeal.

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  8. Kay says:

    Ah, I’m still stuck on the ‘pursue him with mildew forever and ever’….what would that be like? LOL


  9. Woo yes, I feel the ancient and mysterious in the opening and the teaser. Kind of like The DaVinci Code? I’d love to keep reading.

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    • mysm2000 says:

      It puts me in mind of all those old black & white movies that took place at digs in Egypt where the mummies would come to life and cause havoc. Also a couple of Poirot movies/books except this has a more religious slant (so far, anyway — curse of Moses and all that) and the scrolls have been found in an uncovered synagogue. I’m anxious to keep reading it now.


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