"The Scroll" brings answers from both the Bible and the News to an amazing "what-if" question. I am not going to spoil it here by telling you "what" that "if" is. Biblical archaeology provides a framework to a mystery story that spans thousands of years. "The Scroll" is set in the near future and borders on science fiction. It informs and invites faith in the same way that Brown's Davinci Code tries to excuse it.
The key character is David Chamber, a popular but burned out archaeologist. His specialty is Biblical archeology in and around Israel. He is an expert in the various tunnels connected to this history. Chambers, dubbed the Carl Sagan of archeology, has suffered a loss of faith and love. Soaking himself in alcohol, he is going through the motions of teaching instead of pursuing the field work that brought him notoriety. His lost love is Amber, another archaeologist. They broke up at the altar and had not spoken in several years. Now thrown together by a mysterious billionaire, John Trent, they go to work on an equally mysterious dig. Set in Israel, the cast takes Landau, the tough security man, David's mentor and friend Abram Ben-Judah, the troublesome Nuri and others, including the Israeli Prime minister and the president of the USA on a journey of apocalyptic proportions.
The star of the book is a set of copper scrolls with cryptic clues leading to the fabulous treasure of the Temple in Jerusalem which was plundered and destroyed by the Romans. Our characters team up, with unlimited civil and military resources, to uncover these priceless heirlooms of God. Political intrigue, terrorist attacks, and betrayal are only a few of the obstacles put in the way. Perseverance, intelligence, and technology join God's gracious favor to bring this team closer to their ultimate goal. Restoration for our hero Chambers lies at the end of this long journey. God is indeed faithful in this tale. The end goal is an exciting possibility from Biblical prophesy and the world's response to it. The true treasure recovered is faith and not gold.
"The Scroll" is written by Grant R. Jeffrey, Bible Scholar, teacher and archaeologist, along with the writer and novelist Alton L. Gansky. The book has a great grasp on archaeological procedure and jargon. This brings life to the story. The book is also clearly written, organized well and entertaining. These two make a great team. The ending is a pleasant yet terrifying surprise and leaves the door open to a sequel.
I enjoyed "The Scroll" and found it thought provoking as well as entertaining. It is Christian fiction with a point, is free of bad language and adult themes, yet has enough reasonable romance and violence to drive a good story. I would recommend this book but also remind the reader that it is a novel. The Scroll is appropriate for youth aged readers through adults. I look forward to Jeffrey and Gansky's second installment.
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