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His brother, the high priest Honiah, enjoyed the authority of the high priesthood, and all important decisions needed his approval. But it was Jason who was shaping the future of Jerusalem and, with it, all Judea. He breathed in again, imagining that he could feel the wave of destiny impelling him forward toward his vision as he exhaled . . .
The Greeks have taken over the world, but Jerusalem is still the same backwater city Jason has always known. He wants to help his hometown rise to a new age of prosperity and influence. If that means stretching the terms of the city's divine covenant, so be it. But how far is he willing to go to achieve Greek greatness for this Jewish city? It will take the willingness of a handful of Jews to die rather than violate the covenant in order to turn the tide back to God.
Written by an internationally recognized expert in the period between the Testaments, Day of Atonement invites readers into Judea during the tumultuous years leading up to the Maccabean Revolt. It was this pivotal decade that reminded Jews of the centrality of the covenant to their national security and taught them that the covenant was worth dying for. The story is so foundational, it is still told every year at Hanukkah. The lessons learned during this turbulent time also shed light on just what was at stake in the ministry of Jesus, whose radical message seemed to threaten the covenant once again.
Day of Atonement joins the perennially successful novels Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome by renowned historian Paul Maier on Kregel's premier list of captivating and historically accurate biblical novels.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Day of AtonementAugust 30, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Day of Atonement is one of many books by David A. deSilva, a renowned professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. The historical novel relates the missing years between Malachi and Matthew.
The progressive ideas and attitude of Jason (Yeshua), a Zakodite priest, lead to the supplanting of his brother, Honiah III, as high priest and the infiltration of Greek ideas and their culture into Jerusalem. Greedy and ambitious Menelaus who replaces Jason as high priest and power-hungry Antiochus, king of Seleucid Empire, bring persecution and destruction to Gods holy city. A remnant of Jews realizes that the only recourse is to resist this evil domination and re-establish their obedience and oath to the One true God.
This is an interesting and very informative historical fiction of an important and pivotal time in Jewish history. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest opinion.
Scott S.5 Stars Out Of 5An Important Novel for Our TimesDecember 18, 2015Scott S.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent historical novel chock full of details that only an expert in the field could deliver. This novel was highly engrossing. I could feel myself struggling along with the characters as they made decisions that would affect the lives of those closest to them as well as their beloved city. The novel provided a compelling portrayal of a people who would give up their very lives for their religious beliefs. This ancient story holds lessons that all of us today must sincerely consider concerning the power of religious faith and what people will sacrifice in order to preserve and defend it.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Jewish history comes to life!September 30, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5An intriguing historical in a setting I wasnt very familiar with. The Greek influence on Jerusalem and the Jews around 175 BC leads to apostasy and revolt. This novel shares the background and events preceding the Maccabean rebellion. Its peopled with so many players I had to continually refer to the list of characters at the back of the book, but found myself rooting for those who work to keep Judaism pure and faithful to the Lord.
The author paints myriad details of daily life as well as the political conflictssometimes an overabundance, such as all the items on the menu. It offers an exciting read that helps with understanding the situations and choices made. I thought the story would continue up to the recovery of the temple and the institution of Hanukah. Perhaps a sequel is planned since it concludes prior to that event. Jews, Christians, and anyone who enjoys history should appreciate this volume. I was given a copy through the BookClub Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest opinion.
grammy4 Stars Out Of 5Historical NovelAugust 23, 2015grammyQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a historical fiction book that is very well written. If you like a lot of detail in your reading, this is the book for you. At first I was a bit confused as it has small stories about the main players of the book and I got confused to who belonged where in the story. But, with just a little more reading the story fell into place. The characters were well developed and the story line flowed well. The editing was done to perfection. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fictional historical bookAugust 14, 2015DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How many of us as Christians have ever really thought about the unknown years from the Old Testament to the New Testament? During this time there was an upheaval in the nation. The world has been taken over by the Greeks. The story takes us to Judea and what may have happened during this turbulent time that lead to the Maccabean War. The people of Jerusalem believe in one God and the Greeks worship many Gods causing an intense power struggle.
I had no idea that most of the characters were true to this time period in History. David deSilva has done an outstanding job in his research. Matching historical events with fiction.
Jason the brother of the High Priest Honiah wants to integrate Jerusalem with the Greek world. How far will he go to bring his city to a cultural status of greatness?
It is amazing how this time period compares with us today. Tolerance for all religions and gradually intolerance
for the faith of Jews and Christians.
I applaud Mr. deSilva for his outstanding talent in writing this captivating and enlightening book.
If you love to read historical fiction about the Bible then I highly recommend you read this book.
I received free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review