Review by Wriley -- The Biblical Clock

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Review by Wriley -- The Biblical Clock

Post by Wriley » 13 Jul 2019, 12:40

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Biblical Clock" by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon.]
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Was the Earth created in merely six days as the Bible teaches in the Genesis story or are scientists correct, and the Earth is 13.8 billion years old? The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God’s Plan by Daniel Friedmann with Dania Sheldon seeks to prove there is a way to put both on the same timeline. The author further ventures into the timeline of the End of Days as predicted in Biblical text. Friedmann approaches the topic through the eyes of Judaism. I am Christian so my understanding of the Torah is limited, but Friedmann includes a glossary that is helpful.

The Biblical Clock is organized in three parts. The first focuses on the Earth's creation and how the Hebrew text fit into science's Big Bang theory. I recognized many of the text as Old Testament scriptures which made Friedmann's logic more relatable. The second part focuses on the End of Days and where we are currently on the timeline. The third part ties the book together to demonstrate how the Creation and End of Days are interconnected. Through these connections, Friedmann shows the timeline correlation between the Bible and science.

Each chapter recounts a different story, placing us at that particular place as if we are listening in on the conversation of a Jewish scholar and his pupil. The flow of each chapter is easy to interpret because of the conversational format. This allows the evidence to be presented in a format that's easily understood. There are charts, maps, and pictures that make the evidence more understandable. The author is convincing in his arguments, and I have no problem believing his premise.

My background is in science, but I'm of the Christian faith, therefore I did have some difficulty with some Jewish references. I used the glossary often. I admit my personal beliefs on the Creation and science are much like the author's. I find it interesting the book's layout reminds me of the scientific method. Friedmann states his hypothesis then presents the evidence to demonstrate his theory.

In chapter ten the author narrates a fictional story of what the End of Days may look like. The narrative is interesting but felt overly discriminatory to everyone who is not Jewish. I dislike these parts of the book most because other faiths are not included in a positive light.

The book appears to be professionally edited because I found no errors. The book is expertly organized. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because the quality of the writing is wonderful. The book is well outlined with a beneficial glossary. The recommended audience is anyone with an interest the topic. The material is complicated so teenagers and younger children may have difficulty understanding the concepts. A background in Judaism will benefit the reader.

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Post by Wyland » 15 Jul 2019, 04:30

I like that the author tries to reconcile the Biblical and scientific timeline.I will be interested to know how he does this. Thanks for your wonderful review.

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Post by e-reeder » 16 Jul 2019, 18:20

I like that this book is professionally edited. Also like the idea of reconciling science and biblical ideas of the creation. Nice review.

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Post by Bluebird03 » 16 Jul 2019, 19:14

I would probably also find chapter 10 a bit difficult- if it omits all other faiths except Judaism. Thank you for your very informative and thorough review. It was a pleasure to read!

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Post by allbooked+ » 17 Jul 2019, 08:40

I have studied the Bible so I enjoy seeing what others' interpret even though it is different from what I know. I might enjoy this book. Thanks for the thorough review!

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 17 Jul 2019, 15:22

It sounds very interesting and I believe it is an important topic. Definitely going to read it. Thank you for the great review!

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Post by unamilagra » 25 Jul 2019, 18:25

It's odd that a book that focuses on the Torah would contain "Biblical" in the title. I am glad it was well written and explained despite the false advertising though. Great review!

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Post by Wriley » 25 Jul 2019, 18:48

unamilagra wrote:
25 Jul 2019, 18:25
It's odd that a book that focuses on the Torah would contain "Biblical" in the title. I am glad it was well written and explained despite the false advertising though. Great review!
I wondered the same thing! The literally never had the words "New Testament" or "Jesus" not once. I did a search in case I missed them. The author was somewhat dismissive of any nation besides Israel as well which was odd since he was American. The author actually gave me a negative view of Judaism but I know every religion has "those" people.
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Post by Charlie19 » 25 Jul 2019, 21:32

I loved the organization and the thought of the book. Great review

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Post by Kibetious » 31 Jul 2019, 08:03

This is an interesting read and the questions posed on the age of the universe are very important. I would personally like to read this book. Thanks a lot for the review.
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