Review by melissy370 -- The Biblical Clock

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Review by melissy370 -- The Biblical Clock

Post by melissy370 » 18 Jan 2019, 13:07

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Biblical Clock" by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon.]
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The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon combines all of Friedmann‘s other works into an easier format. In his three other books, Friedmann shows how the world was created and how we can understand the end times through looking at the Torah and other Jewish sources. I have read one other book from Friedmann, and I can say at times the writing was dense, albeit very interesting. If you didn’t know much about science or Kabbalah, you could have easily gotten lost. What is different about The Biblical Clock is that a fictional narrative is used to describe Friedmann’s complex ideas and make them more accessible. Notable rabbis and other well-known men from history, such as Sir Isaac Newton, are looked at on what they thought about the Earth’s creation and ending. The fictional sections brought to life these men’s lives and showed how Friedmann came to his conclusions. Mixed with this are nonfictional sections where today’s science and theories are expounded upon. The change in style worked for me, and I came away more fully understanding his points. 

The book is broken up into three different parts. Part One is on how Genesis (the creation story) gives us a date for the end of times. It also shows how the Torah gives a correct account of how creation began. Friedmann asserts that science and Genesis are complementary to one another and not in conflict. Part Two goes into how we can discern when the world will end by using the Bible as a blueprint. In Part Three, Friedmann ties everything together. He explains more in-depth what Kabbalah is and how this religion believes we can bring the world closer to the end times.  

Chapter Ten was one of my favorites to read. It reminded me of the Left Behind series but with a Jewish mindset. This chapter is the only completely fictional part of the book. It conveys what might happen at the end times if you go by the blueprint that the Bible gives us. It was action-packed, and I was sad that it was so short. Friedmann shows he is not only deft at writing in nonfiction but could also excel in a fictional novel.
 
Although the Kabbalah worldview is used, you do not have to be a believer in it to enjoy this work. I am a Christian, and I didn’t agree with everything that was presented. I found that even though I didn’t share common beliefs with the author, I still found his views insightful and informative. The book gave unique theories and ideas that were backed up with science and research. Not once did one religion get promoted as being better than another, and the book could appeal to anyone, regardless of their background. 

I give The Biblical Clock 4 out of 4 stars. There were no negatives for me. I only found two errors in the entire book, and it appeared professionally edited. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about science, religion, history, and end time scenarios.  

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 31 Jan 2019, 01:44

The book sounds intriguing. Though, I have clear contradiction with the theory of kabbala. But the propounding views of the author about the end time scenarios are quite interesting and seem close to reality from the fact what is happening in Middle East.
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Post by Zimall » 20 Feb 2019, 08:33

I read a book from the same author a few months back and i wasn't a very good read for me. Hope this one isn't like that.
Thanks a lot for the review Melissy☺
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Post by daviddawud » 08 May 2019, 18:35

I have read the review of this book before and I think it's an intriguing book to peruse. I couldn't agree more with your detailed descriptions. Great review you have written here.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 18 Sep 2019, 05:31

This is a religious educational non-fiction book that aims to study the Bible to learn humanity's path. The book is free on Kindle Unlimited and has an interesting OnlineBookClub review that highlighted the best the book had to offer. Congrats @GenesisandScien on being the BOTD.

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Post by gali » 18 Sep 2019, 05:31

A non-fiction book about the correlation between creationism and evolution sounds intriguing. It is good that the author can back his claims via the Torah, Kabbalah worldview, and other Jewish sources. I am glad you found his views insightful and informative despite not sharing his religion. That it was well-edited is another plus. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 18 Sep 2019, 05:34

I am sad to say that I have zero knowledge regarding Kabbalah, so I think I might feel lost reading this book. I like that it is broken into three parts and people who have other beliefs can still read the book. I am glad the errors were not exhaustive and the book was professionally edited. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Post by Emy Katherine » 18 Sep 2019, 06:02

I am glad you enjoyed this book, which sounds informative as it "gave unique theories and ideas that were backed up with science and research." Those who enjoy reading about science, religion, and history will absolutely enjoy it! I got my copy even though it is not my genre. Thank you for the detailed review!

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Post by Michelle Fred » 18 Sep 2019, 06:14

I like that knowledge of Kabbalah is not a prerequisite for enjoying the book, however, the information sounds too dense for me. Thanks!

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Post by mrnobody3 » 18 Sep 2019, 06:23

I believe that this book is intriguing and informative. However, I don't know much about science and Kabbalah so maybe I get lost to it when I read it. Thank you for the great review.

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Post by Scerakor » 18 Sep 2019, 06:27

This is an interesting approach which is not often take in either scientific or religious texts - the attempt to merge the two. Perhaps more like this will ensure harmony between the two in the future.

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Post by Readerjorge » 18 Sep 2019, 06:55

A book that deals with topics related to science, religion, history and the scenarios of recent times. It exposes complex ideas in a more accessible way. Despite its approach, it is a suitable book for people of any religion.

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Post by Amy+++ » 18 Sep 2019, 06:56

I can't get into the religious debate between religion and science, so I am going to pass.

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Post by evraealtana » 18 Sep 2019, 07:19

I thought the premise of the book was interesting, but not really my cup of tea. It was well-written and well-researched, but did not really appeal to me. Thank you for your review.

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Post by Only1Cola » 18 Sep 2019, 07:23

I wholeheartedly agree that science and the Bible are compatible. In fact, whenever the Bible comments on scientific subjects it is always accurate. However, I have little interest in reading a detailed explanation of how the author came to his conclusions. Thank you for a detailed and well structured review.

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