Title: The Scroll
Authors: Grant R. Jeffrey & Alton L. Gansky
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Copyright Year: September 6, 2011\
What would cause such tension in the hearts of these characters? How can one be a Biblical archeologist and not believe? How in the world do love, intrigue, murder and more weave such an intriguing story? Like a tapestry woven by the artisans of old, the authors weave a story that grabs the mind and heart of the reader never letting go. Like various colors of yarn, this novel interweaves the theme of prophecy, a temple being built with artifacts from other temples, benefactors, enemies, God Most High.
There are many characters in the story that portray fields of archeology, rabbis’, billionaires, military personnel and photographers. Biblical archeologists aren’t told at first what the end goal is in this novel. Readers may try to figure out where the story is going, yet there are many twists and turns that keep the reader pressing ahead to the conclusion. There isn’t one climax here, but many. It involves scenes that take the reader to Israel and the United States. It also takes them both above ground and below.
What are these characters going after? What does a billionaire who is pouring untold amounts into the project really want? Is it for the good of all or for self promotion? The novel captivates us by picturing the locations as well as hearing the interaction between friend and foe. In fact, one can almost feel as if they are there digging for…oh, I can’t say as I don’t want to ruin it for you. This novel was especially enjoyable to me as I have studied a little of the Temple, the artifacts of the Tabernacle and the political atmosphere that surrounds the story. If you haven’t studied or read anything I just mentioned, don’t worry because after reading this novel I bet you will want to know more. On the back of the book is the following sentence: “The Scroll offers a different journey, a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.”
I have only one problem with the novel and that is in its use of B.C.E. (Before Common Era) as well as C.E. (Common Era). While most don’t see any problem with it, I believe as Christians we must remember that the center of all things is Christ. While B.C. and A.D. may not be in the Bible, it still reminds mankind that the center of our lives should always be Him, the Lord Jesus Christ. We who believe in Him must not allow Him to be replaced or ignored in a society today that seeks purposefully to erase anything which brings us to see Jesus. May He alone be the reason we do anything and may it all be for the glory of God.
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