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As long ago as 1291, Isaac Ben Samuel, a Kabbalist (Jewish mystic) estimated the universe to be billions of years old. His estimates derived from visionary experiences. More recently, with the aid of the Hubble telescope, scientists currently estimate the universe to be 13.8 million years old.
The Biblical Clock is in three parts: "Beginnings and Timelines," "Endings," and "Beyond the Timelines." By exploring biblical texts and science, Friedmann has satisfied his mind that he can match the six days of creation with the age of the universe. How can six days equate to 13.8 billion years? Well, there are God days and years, and human days and years. The God days are before Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of evil. The author uses a technique in which he and his nephew Seb explain the subject via discussions, which make it much more enjoyable.
Friedmann has examined a complex subject and made it easy and accessible for us to follow his research. He follows one line of reasoning at a time, wherever it takes him and adds its resolution to his store of knowledge. Simultaneously, we gather some fascinating history of prior centuries beginning with the Mamluks ("slave-warriors of medieval Islam") invasion of Acre and the slaughter of 30,000 people.
Friedmann's background in religion and his work for a space-related technology company makes him uniquely qualified to research religious and scientific texts. It's interesting to note that as far back as the 1200s people have been asking questions and trying to reconcile the biblical story with the developing understanding of the universe.
Freidman brings alive the questions which scholars have wrestled with through the ages for our benefit. He provides tables and charts which compare the six days of creation with the creation of the universe.
I commend Friedmann for the amount of reference material included in The Biblical Clock. The book contains appendices, a glossary, charts, chapter notes, and endnotes such that a serious scholar would appreciate.
The Biblical Clock rates 4 out of 4 stars for its in-depth research and clear explanation of the subject. It does not rate 3 out of 4 stars because it has a keen interest for scholars, religions, and the scientific community. Dania Sheldon, D. Phil., Oxon, co-authored this book and I found no errors and believe it to be professionally edited. I recommend it to all religious people, all scientists, and everyone with curiosity about our world. It is a book which one might read parts of again and again to completely grasp Friedmann's logic and interpretation. I can understand his thrill in each new revelation. It might not suit all Y/A's who do not have a grasp of religious and scientific subjects.
The Biblical Clock
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