4 out of 4 stars
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The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon is a book that explains how the biblical timelines and scientific timelines for the creation and evolution of earth and life on it can coincide. One of the authors, Daniel Friedman, has served as the CEO of a space company for twenty years. He is also a religious man who has a great interest in reading religious texts and scriptures. As a man who believes in both science and religion, it bothered him how the process of creation is explained differently in the two fields. So, he started researching the religious story of creation to find the deeper meaning hidden under the words.
The book is divided into three parts. In the first part, the authors explain how the story of Genesis in the Bible and the scientific timeline can be explained in harmony. In the second part, they compare the various historical events that almost caused the arrival of the Messiah as prophesied in the Bible and write about a fictional scenario of how the End of the Days can arrive. In the third part, based on the conclusions drawn in the second part, they provide the reader with a timeline in which the End of the Days can happen.
Although the book is named The Biblical Clock, the book follows the teachings of famous Rabbis like Rabbi Luria, Rabbi Ginsburgh, and Rabbi Moses ben Nahman. It also mainly talks about Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah. Some chapters feature author Daniel Friedmann explaining his Seb, his findings of the creation, and End of the Days. Every chapter begins with a small anecdote about the person it featured, so the readers can understand who is the person they are going to read about. The book is mostly non-fictional, but in the second part; the authors explain a fictitious account about how the End of the Days can unfold. It also features stories from the Bible, like the story about Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
When I first accepted this book for review, I was skeptical if this could be interesting. But I was also curious as to how this book could resolve the long debate between science and the Bible. The authors made good arguments about how the six days of creation mentioned in the Bible should not be taken literally. They produced the notes and calculations of famous religious persons and also scientists like Isaac Newton, to prove that even according to the Bible, the earth was billions of years old.
The thing I liked the most is how the authors made this book interesting by adding anecdotes. There are also pictures of the ancient notes, which made the book more interesting. Every argument made by the authors had proof and source. Sources and glossary for every chapter are provided at the end of the book. There is not a single profanity in the book.
The thing I disliked is there are some complex calculations about the age of the earth that can confuse readers who do not have a science background. Otherwise, the book was well written. I recommend it to Christians and Jews who are curious to read how their religious scriptures coincide with science.
I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is finely edited. All the arguments and anecdotes are well presented. There is a lot of research that has gone into this book and I think it deserves the four stars.
The Biblical Clock
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