4 out of 4 stars
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The Biblical Clock, is authored by Daniel Freedman and Dania Sheldon. It is the fourth book under Daniel's name and some of his other books form the basis of this book. In this book,the author begins by giving a reading guide for reference, maps and images to help the reader understand his concept better.
Isaac ben Samuel ,our first character lives in Acre, a port City on the eastern Mediterranean in 1290. He's a man of deep faith and also advanced in deciphering the mysteries of the scripture. On the 17th of May 1291, the City of Acre is under siege. The Mamluks claim victory over the city within three hours. Every christian is slaughtered and most Jews. A synagogue is set ablaze killing all those who were inside. That day , 30,000 people were slaughtered, 10,000 souls in the Central City were set ablaze and another 2,000 souls got crushed beneath the falling walls of the synagogue. Isaac survives both the siege and later as a prisoner who got ransomed. He is convinced that there must be a purpose God wants him to fulfill after surviving. This two incidences propel him to want to know when the universe begun. His birth is not known but it's placed around 1255 since he studied under Nachmanides who died in 1270 . He had written a Kabbalistic work in 1331. Decades after his death, Isaac was still reading his work and managed to produce Meirat Einaim that explained the Kabbalistic meaning. Isaac kept journals of his dreams , visions and revelations which he called Otzar Hachaim [Treasure of life]. He travels to Russia and many other places in pursuit of finding any religious and scientific writings about the age of the universe.
The Greeks and Romans decided that the universe is 4000 BCE , Egyptians made it older and gave it 40,000 BCE , Asia moved closer to Egypt's figure and gave it 39,000 BCE. Aristotle in the 4th Century, put it that the World was eternal, without beginning or end. However, his opinion was opposed and for seven centuries his work got lost , only to resurface in the 13th century. His eternity view dominates science until early 19th century. This eternity belief moves Ablert Einstein to modify a general relativity equation to show a static universe. Unsatisfied with Einsyein's finding, Edwin Hubble in 1929, of the famous Hubble Telescope , an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology ,using his Telescope, measured distances to various spiral nebulae and saw that the nebulae's were moving away from the earth compelling him to disqualify Einstein's static findings and concluding that the universe was expanding from a beginning.
This far, please grab your copy to find out how Isaac got his calculations and what inspired them. The scientists, Kabbalists and biblical scholars all devote themselves to finding the age of the universe and what they find, Who miscalculates, who gets it right and what is put into consideration to bring us to the current 13.8 billion years of the universe?
What captured my interest on this book, is the unwavering desire of the characters to find the age of the universe. Their devotion and commitment to exploit all available resources was outstanding. The book is easy to understand since the reader is given a guide . I found a few misplaced commas,which could not hinder or alter the flow of the story. I did not find any profanity or typo errors in the book. The book is well written and edited, educational and backed with well researched facts and findings. The images after Acre's siege are not described in details making the book an engaging historical piece to non- fiction fans. The inclusion of well known scientists makes it easy to relate and connect with the author's statements.
I therefore, generously rate this book. Four out of four stars.
I recommend it to historical non-fiction fans and anyone interested in nature and the age of the universe.
However, non- Christians may not forego watching a movie to read the book
The Biblical Clock
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