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The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America's FutureJonathan CahnFrontline / 2012 / Trade Paperback$9.29 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 679 Reviews Video
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Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. But surrounded by the evidence, David has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope and the Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and, his fiancée, Amber.
An old friend and mentor reaches out to David, enticing him with the riches described in the enigmatic Copper Scroll. Losing ground with his peers, his love, and his faith, David Chambers has a choice to make. Will he undertake one final dig to unlock a secret that could alter the course of history? Do the mysteries of the Old Testament hold the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East?
One last dig. One final descent into the twisted tunnels of ancient Jerusalem. Will the truth be found among the treasures that lie beneath the holy city?
Dr. Grant Jeffrey is internationally known as a leading teacher on Bible prophecy. His twenty best-selling books have been enjoyed by more than five million readers.
Alton L. Gansky has written or collaborated on more than thirty novels and nine nonfiction works. He has been a Christy Award finalist for A Ship Possessed and an Angel Award winner for Terminal Justice. He lives in central California with his wife.
With the combined talents of author's like Jeffrey, an expert on biblical prophecy and archeology, and Gansky, who has written more than thirty novels, the book was bound to be a winner -- and it is. When a powerful rabbi/archeologist convinces David Chambers to accept the challenge of the dig of a lifetime, he has no idea it will team him with former fiance, Amber Rodgers, and long-time enemy, Nuri Aumann. Set before them is the task to find and uncover treasure and artifacts from the tabernacle, described in Exodus 25, and the first temple of Israel. Since men have sought these items for more than two thousand years, their task is not an easy one.
The main characters are an interesting mix of acquaintances, old friends, and arch-nemeses. As the plot unfolds, they not only dig for artifacts, they also try to uncover faith and relationships that were lost to pride and grief. The deeper they dig beneath Old Jerusalem, the closer they come to restoring bothand tearing the world apart in the process.
Even though proof of biblical authenticity is what first drew him to archeology, David Chambers lost his faith when his mother died. Loss of his faith, in turn, led to the loss of fiance Amber Rodgers, a committed Christian, for whom he discovers he still has deep feelings. Apparently Nuri Aumann, the third member of the dig team, also has an interest in Amber. Their relationships are as tangled as the Old Jerusalem tunnels they dig through, none of which is resolved until they are on the brink of inciting another world war.
Part speculative fiction, part suspense, entirely thrilling, The Scroll is highly recommended for all fans of fiction, but especially those Christians with an interest in Old Testament prophecy and biblical archeology. While the book is speculative, it bases the plot on Judeo-Christian history and archeological facts, blending them in a thoroughly intriguing and exciting story that will have readers turning page after page. Dr. Jan Wallace Reber, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Betty MaurerMontgomery, A:Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting story, well written -- another page-turneAugust 21, 2012Betty MaurerMontgomery, A:Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Biblically accurate as well as a great story line, good character development; a wonderful read
MoriahNMaineAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Scroll: A book reviewMay 3, 2012MoriahNMaineAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5David 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. Ã¯ÂÅ
MaryBethWritesPlacerville, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5'The Scroll' - Destiny awaitsApril 19, 2012MaryBethWritesPlacerville, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What 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 trio leading the project must struggle with their own history before they can succeed. Dr. David Chambers was on the verge of quitting biblical archaeology following the death of his mother and falling out with his father. His former fiancÃÂ©, Dr. Amber Rodgers, grieves Chambers' spiritual condition even as she moves ahead with her career. Each was brought into the project without knowing of the other's involvement. Nuri Aumann, the third member, harbors romantic intentions toward Rodgers and heaps scorn on Chambers at every opportunity.
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.
Jenny RoseDallas, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5S.l.o.w.March 26, 2012Jenny RoseDallas, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1The 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 BibleÃ¢â¬âthe very thing he is trying to avoid.
The story is very slow moving, focusing on Jewish customs, traditions, and the technical side of archaeology. When the author attempts to include exciting and suspenseful details, he really gives too much contextually unnecessary info. In fact, I had trouble finding any kind of plot until chapter 16. In an effort to help the main character "return to the faith," with the help of secondary characters the author is annoyingly preachy and uses cheesey clichÃÂ©s typical of Christian literature. Then in the last couple chapters, the author seems to wrap up the story too quickly, as though he suddenly realized he had to finish but only had so many pages to do it in. Maybe if the book had been broken into two or three books to create a series it would have been better.
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.
luv2readjenLisle, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Biblical Archeology? Yep.March 24, 2012luv2readjenLisle, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David 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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255