4 out of 4 stars
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The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon is an interesting story of science and faith. And, not versus. Many people wonder when will the world end. Mr. Friedmann attempts to answer this question using renowned prophets, philosophers, scientists, and religious experts. He explains how science and religion agree on when the earth was created, when historic events took place, and according to Judaism, when the world will cease to exist.
This book has an abundance of detailed background on the seemingly opposing views of Earth’s creation. The author draws from secular as well as historical religious figures to explain how he figures out his timing. He makes some interesting suppositions in order to make his numbers work. He does an admirable job and uses numerous resources to back up his hypothesis.
However, I have a problem with the name of this book. The Biblical Clock is very misleading. All of Mr. Friedmann’s assumptions and information are based on Judaism and are silent on Christianity. Although at least the first five chapters are the same in the Torah and the Bible, he does not include the New Testament in the Bible in his research. That is most likely because viewpoints on the Messiah are very different in the two faiths. It follows that he could not use the Bible to calculate the end of time because in the Bible it categorically states that no one knows when the world will end. He should have named it The Torah Clock.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is not a difficult book to read or follow and, in fact, is very enjoyable reading with many fascinating facts, historical events, and scientific research. Mr. Friedmann does an admirable job of laying out his theories, relating them to religion and science in such a way as to be understandable by any layman. I was also impressed with the excellent editing of the book, finding no grammar or punctuation errors.
The Biblical Clock is a great book for anyone curious about the creation of the world and the end of the world and everything in between. Mr. Friedmann is a talented writer and researcher, and his footnotes are just as interesting to read as the rest of the book. Whether Jewish, Christian, Kabbalist, creationist, or scientist, this is a book that will make everyone think. Read it to find out when the author believes the world will end.
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