4 out of 4 stars
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The reason why I chose to read The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God’s Plan by Daniel Friedman with Dania Sheldon was the intriguing subtitle of the book. I wasn’t disappointed.
The author's education in the sciences, his experience as a CEO of a global technology company for 20 years, together with his current status as a person who studies religion, makes him a credible source in presenting reasons about why the Bible is not so incompatible with science, as generally believed. The author gives us the findings of his in-depth exploration of science and biblical texts and suggests that a resolution between science and scripture on when the universe came in to being and life appeared on earth, is possible. Based on his calculations and the explanations of the timelines in history, the author gives some insights in to what he thinks would be the scenario towards the end of days or the day of judgement as mentioned in the Bible. According to the author, Chapters 1 to 9 are non-fiction and based on historical fact. Chapter 10 however, where he weaves a story based on his findings to describe the end of days, is fiction.
The Reading Guide provided by the author explains that the chronology followed is not of historical progression, but his ‘personal odyssey of encountering the issues and finding answers’. The author takes the reader on a journey to Acre, Israel in 1290, Russia in 1917, USA in the 1980s, Syria in 1620, Canada in 2009, France in 1060, England and New York in 1850, Jerusalem in 1260, England in 1720, Israel in 135 A.D., back to Acre in 1269 and Safed, Israel in 1571 A.D. The main characters who take center stage in the different locations and timeframes make the book gripping and readable while moving seamlessly toward validating the last prophetic conclusion of the author.
The author’s concept of the cosmic cycles is based on his own research and intuition, where he comes to the conclusion that each creation day in the Bible, as mentioned in Genesis is equal to 7,000 God years. He goes on to explain through a simple formula how 7,000 God years is equal to about 2.5 billion human years. The author says he was jubilant to finally come up with a figure derived from the Bible which was close to matching scientific measurements from the Hubble telescope and other sources. However, the author says that he wanted to convince himself that it was no ‘wild conjecture of my own’. Therefore, he spoke to many scholars who were experts on the Torah, Kabbalah, the five books of Moses etc. to confirm his theory.
Chapter 10 takes the reader to Jerusalem in the year 2133 A.D. The futuristic scenario where countries led by the Russian Federation attempt to overrun Jerusalem is fast paced and exciting befitting a brutal military battle for dominance.
I enjoyed reading the book and think it will appeal to all those interested in the creation versus the evolution debate. However, someone with no knowledge of the story of creation in the book of Genesis in the Bible, may struggle to fully understand the formula where the author attempts to reconcile the timelines in the Bible with scientific measurement. The extensive glossary which explains all the key terms is useful to any reader.
The book is well edited, informative, convincing and immensely readable. There is zero profanity. Therefore, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars.
The Biblical Clock
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