Book Review: The Alexandria Letter by George R. Honig

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What is Jesus was not only a Rabbi but a doctor with medical skills? Might that have explained the many miracles? Dr. George Honig explores that possibility in a new novel called “The Alexandria Letter.” It’s the story of a letter written by one of the Disciples about Jesus and John the Baptist. The central figure of the novel, which tests the Christian faith, is a cambridge professor who explores the letter and its meaning but quickly becomes the target of the Christian Church.

Honig, a doctor himself, uses the novel as a means of exploring a theory he has that maybe Jesus had medical skills far advanced than others that may explain the great miracles.

It’s a fascinating read and intriguing. Although we don’t know much about the life of Jesus except that which was written many years later by his disciples and re-written by the Christian Church, it is very possible that Jesus was merely the most proficient doctor of his time.

An enjoyable thriller and well worth your read.

— Ray Hanania

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Ray Hanania

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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