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Number of Pages: 268
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X .56 (inches)
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/25/15.
Series: Art West
The Witheringtons did an excellent job of creating interest and excitement out of a relatively dry topic. The exploration of biblical archeology will be intriguing to those who are already familiar with the topics discussed, or who have a specific interest in biblical antiquities. The explanation of different practices and the back story can be difficult to discern while going through the storyline.
The plot follows four different storylines that overlap at various points. The storylines appear to be based off of previous developments. An understanding of the first two books of the series helps piece them together. Having multiple storylines with a variety of characters creates the ability to study the integration of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths, as well as focus on the tensions among such cultures. However, the dialogue can be slow and not appear to contribute to the plot line. There is an overuse of exclamation points, and a repetitive use of cliches and puns.
I was interested in the history presented in Papias and the Mysterious Menorah. Connecting modern day consequences to historical actions is common in most modern/history crossovers, and the Witheringtons did a sharp job of this by using archeology as the vehicle in which the crossover occurs. Emily Moore, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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