David Chambers is trying to forget the faith he once had when his old mentor convinces him to help in a dig under ancient Jerusalem. The goal? To recover a list of artifacts listed on the Copper Scroll- artifacts from a Jewish temple that had been hidden centuries before. The drama continues to unfold when someone tries to stop the archaeological team from carrying out their project. A bomb, a student found killed, and the safety of another member of the team jeopardized, are only a few of the things that come between the job and its completion. Through the story and as a result of the dig, David finds his faith again, and the nation is forever changed.
I must say I really enjoyed this book. The plot was really intriguing and the story was well-written. I wouldn't hesitate to read more books like this.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. ïŠ
What determines the worth of an archaeological artifact? Does the value come from the component materials, the previous owners' identity, the historical significance or something else? In "The Scroll," Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky offer their opinions on the topic and that opinion is enormous, as are its implications.
The title scroll, a document scribed on copper, provides clues to the location of hidden treasures spirited away from the Temple in Jerusalem prior to its destruction. A team of biblical archaeologists assemble to follow the clues in the document in an effort to locate the precious artifacts. Here's the catch: the treasures won't go in to a museum. Instead they will be used to rebuild the Temple and outfit its priesthood.
The searchers' plan has its opposition. Certain Muslim factions want to prevent the reconstruction at all costs, fearing it will desecrate their holy site, the Dome of the Rock. Mideast tensions flare as the teams advance on their targets and begin to accumulate important relics.
Modern imaging technology plays an important part in the story, making it a techno-lovers delight. The detailed weaponry of the security forces assigned to the project will intrigue the military enthusiast. Adventure lovers will find plenty of action to satisfy them. Think Indiana Jones meets Star Trek. The romantic story will appeal to romance lovers. The story elements fit together nicely to create an entertaining story.
The Scroll by Dr Grant Jeffrey seems to be more about Biblical prophecy and archaeology than science-fiction or fantasy (which is why I originally chose it). Dr. David Chambers has turned his back on his faith and is trying to start a new chapter in his life when an old friend, Abram Ben-Judah, calls in a favor for a project. While Chambers tries to focus on historical fact, doing a dig in Jerusalem forces him to face the Bibleâ€”the very thing he is trying to avoid.
Maybe it's because I usually read thrillers, mysteries and science fiction, but this story dragged on and I debated whether or not to even finish it. If you're looking for a brainy story on Biblical prophecy or archaeology, this is the book for you. If you want something exciting, then don't bother.
I received this book free to give an honest review.
David Chambers is, by trade, a biblical archeologist. He started in the field because of a desire to continue demonstrating the truth of the biblical record by finding artifacts and documents from eras gone by. Now, through several events, the faith that had seemed so sturdy has become anathema to a man who built his entire life's work on its tenets. Quitting field work, David teaches, and works diligently to forget the faith he thought he had.
When David unexpectedly receives an invitation to work in the field again, he tries desperately to get out of it, but finds that his old mentors request is too intriguing to ignore. From this point, the project gets interesting, but in order to know more - you will have to read the book! Excitement and mystery are interwoven with interesting archeological finds. Jeffrey and Gansky do a masterful job of keeping the reader engaged and informed as the technical details unfold. There is much to love in this story, including the amazing ending. As the momentous intertwines with the miraculous, the majesty and wonder and awesomeness of our God is consistently revealed and beautifully imagined.
Although the tale is fictional, it does propose some interesting ideas about how God's hand is on the people of Israel. The apocalyptic genre has had some fascinating takes on Biblical prophecy, however this story leaves you uncertain of its eschatological bent until the very end. I am not always a fan of that kind of speculation (I wonder what kind of popular books would have been written about the messianic prophecies, were that the topic du jour in the inter-testament era?) In any case, this was not heavy handed, nor was it emphatic, it just told of events as they could occur in a real world scenario, and in the end it was an enjoyable take on a sober topic.
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