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Is the earth 13.8 billion years old or is it only about 6,000 years old? Do you believe scientific evidence or what the Bible says about the creation of the earth? The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon, answers these questions and many more. This book brings reconciliation between science and the Bible and also shows us that by understanding the origins of creation we can make predictions of what the future holds.
The author became interested in this subject when he was growing up in a religious based home and studying science in high school. He was fascinated with both subjects, yet they seemed to contradict each other. Later, as he studied at university, he began to think that science answers everything. But as more questions arose, he went back to study religion. Going back and forth, he started to find answers to science through religion and answers to religion through science. What he learned is truly astonishing.
The author focuses solely on Jewish writings and tradition as the religious point of view. The resources used are: a mystical study called Kabbalah, the Talmud and other writings, such as the Zohar to give the religious explanation of the creation.
I was amazed at what I learned from this book. It is obvious that the author put in years of hard work into this book. All chapters are non-fiction with the exception of one chapter, where he tries to look into the future and predict what he thinks the End Times will look like. In the beginning, he gives an outline of all the chapters and what they will be about, so that the reader can understand where they are in history and know what will come next. This was really helpful, because each chapter talked about different people and had a completely different story to tell. He made the book fun to read by not simply stating facts but actually writing in a story form, which is something I really liked. The author also provided images, which were also very helpful.
The thing I liked the least was the authors prediction of the End Times. Call me old-fashioned but, as he wrote that it is forbidden in Jewish tradition to try to pinpoint the exact time of the End Times, I felt that the story-like prediction wasn't necessary. Most likely, things will happen in a completely different way then ANYONE has ever predicted, so writing out a scenario, that will most likely not happen, makes readers believe that that's how it will be. I wish he would have just stuck to prophecies and simply stated facts of what is known should happen.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4. It was very interesting to learn how scientific evidence and religion can actually coincide. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science and in the Bible. My only suggestion would be to read this book slowly, one chapter at a time, and allow some time to process the information for a day or two before continuing, as it might become confusing if the previous information hadn't settled in yet. This book was well edited as I did not notice too many errors.
The Biblical Clock
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