The Cairo Codex

The Cairo Codex

by Linda Lambert


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When an earthquake nearly buries anthropologist Justine Jenner in an ancient crypt, she finds what appears to be an ancient codex which, if real, could radically threaten the world's great religions.

The Cairo Codex is a riveting novel of two women, two millennia apart, set in the exotic cultures of ancient and present-day Egypt. Dr. Justine Jenner has come to Cairo to forge her own path from the legacies of her parents, an Egyptian beauty and an American archaeologist. After an earthquake nearly buries her alive in an underground crypt, she discovers an ancient codex, written by a woman whose secrets threaten the foundations of both Christian and Muslim beliefs. As political instability rocks the region and the Muslim Brotherhood threatens to steal the Egyptian Revolution, Justine is thrust into a world where even those she trusts may betray her in order to control the codex’s revelations.

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ISBN-13: 9781933512341
Publisher: West Hills Press
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 641,616
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Lambert, Ed.D. is Professor Emeritus from California State University, East Bay, and a full-time author of novels and texts on leadership. During Linda’s career extensive career, she has served as social worker, teacher, principal, district and county directors of adult learning programs, as well as university professor, state department envoy to Egypt, and international consultant. Her international consultancies in leadership have taken her to the Middle East, England, Thailand, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, and Malaysia. Linda is the author of dozens of articles and lead author of The Constructivist Leader (1995, 2002), Who Will Save Our Schools (1997), and Women’s Ways of Leading (2009); she is the author of Building Leadership Capacity in Schools (1998) and Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement (2003). She lives with her husband, Morgan, a retired school superintendent, on The Sea Ranch, CA.

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The Cairo Codex 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a multilayered novel with a number of themes... The central plot line revolves around how various religious dominations (Christian, Coptic, Muslim, Essene, Buddhist) would react to and absorb (or, more likely fail to absorb) a document that changes religious history. Secondly, the novel is about the second class status accorded to women within religions and within the Muslim world. Finally, the novel is almost a travelogue about notable sites in Cairo and Alexandria. The novel is extremely informative. On that basis, I would award it five stars. On the other hand, in trying to be informative, at times the plot seems very forced. Characters seem to meet at various locations mostly to give the author an opportunity to describe another site or another dynamic in modern day Cairo. Overall, I would rate the plot at about two and a half to three stars. If you are looking for a sugar coated way to learn more about Cairo, think seriously about the tenets of various religions, etc., very much worth reading. If you are looking for the great American (Egyptian?) novel, then the book is so so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cairo Codex, a wonderfully written, well-researched and thoroughly enjoyable novel by Dr. Linda Lambert, reflects her first foray into the world of fiction.  The protagonist, Justine Jenner, an anthropologist recently returning to Egypt to further women’s education and empowerment (a recurring theme through the writings of the author), discovers an ancient codex. The contents of this codex profoundly shakes the prevailing concepts of Christianity, and nefarious forces conspire against Justine to suppress its revelations. Justine is unable to discern the true motives of both her friends and foes.  This topic (lost scrolls and alternative religious visions) has been explored in numerous forums over the past 50 or so years, perhaps most famously in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  The Cairo Codex, while not quite as dramatic as Mr. Brown’s book, has perhaps more to recommend it, which can be attributed to the author’s background and research.  The novel, in addition to a compelling plot, serves as a wonderful travelogue of both Cairo and Alexandria. (The author was a state department envoy to Egypt, and is a gifted observer of the local cultures and sites.) The book is also a sensitive social commentary, reflecting social and gender inequality in modern Egypt as well as conditions in biblical times.  A quite useful introduction to the lesser-known aspects of comparative religion, the novel points out the differences and similarities among Judaism, Christianity (including the Gnostics and the Essenes) and Buddhism. It also provides an insightful view into the current conflicts in the Arab world, including the underpinnings of the Arab spring uprising.  Dr. Lambert does a masterful job of examining women’s involvement in early Christian heresies, and the suppression of women by patriarchal institutions, both in early biblical times as well as the Egyptian present.  Unique dialogues between the long-deceased, but historically relevant, authoress of the codex and her equally legendary child, as well as among current Egyptian figures and Justine, impart knowledge of key themes. The novel is well founded in historical reality: based both on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and, of even more relevance, the Nag Hammadi discovery of 1945. One of the Nag Hammadi codices was, in fact, stolen, for similar reasons to those outlined in The Cairo Codex.   One of the best attributes of the novel is that it stimulates further exploration and discovery.  I found myself challenged to delve further into many of the ideas raised. This led, over a most delightful week, to readings ranging in diversity to academic texts (including Elaine Pagel’s delightful, but somewhat ponderous Adam, Eve and the Serpent [1982] and Joseph Campbell’s Mythos writings).  The Cairo Codex is easier reading, and serves as a wonderful entrée into the topic. Although lacking the superficial flare and fireworks of the The Da Vinci Code, ultimately Lambert’s novel was a more satisfying, enjoyable and informative novel—and is highly recommended.