4 out of 4 stars
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In this informative narrative, The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedma with Daria Sheldon offers a compelling case for the age of the universe. Friedma attempts to reconcile science and faith in this thought-provoking book.
Each chapter begins with a narrative where the author brings to life different people who have researched and attempted to find out the exact age of the earth and universe through the teachings of Kabbalah and science. Over the years, scientists have had a hard time reconciling the measurements they have found for the age of the universe as being billions of years old, while some religious people argue that the earth is only a few thousand years old. How can we know what is true? The author believes that faith and science complement each other rather than contradict.
Friedma believes that we can know exactly how old the earth is and even predict when the end of days will come. He does not, however, give an exact date of the end of time, rather he weaves a tale of what the end of days could look like and an approximate date when it could occur. But you will have to read the book to find out more about that.
I enjoyed this book immensely, and even though I don’t agree with everything the author brought forward, my interest has been sparked and led me to want to research the scriptures and scientific findings for myself. I appreciated how Friedma stayed away from assigning an exact date for the end of days, citing the scripture that says, “no one can know the day of the hour.” Many others before him have made the mistake of predicting an exact day and of course, they have all been wrong.
As a Christian, I have a slightly different view of the events of creation and end of days prophecies that were cited in this book. For example, the author explains that before the end comes, the Messiah will appear and usher in the end of days. I believe that the Messiah has already come, Jesus Christ, and that his second coming will usher in the end times.
These differing viewpoints did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I do not claim to know everything and I read this with an open mind. It has spurred me on to deeper research of the Bible and science. I also believe that science proves the events in the Bible, even if I don’t agree with this book on everything in how it proves it. But that is no matter. It’s extremely interesting to see others’ viewpoints and this would be a great book for those who enjoy science, religion, and history.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I found only 3 minor errors and the book looked to be professionally edited. The stories were compelling and the facts were laid out in a way that was easy to understand. I would recommend this book to those who like history, religion, and science. It will spark your imagination and you may find yourself wanting to delve even deeper into this subject.
The Biblical Clock
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