3 out of 4 stars
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Are you wondering when the end of the world will come? Maybe you’re a bit concerned about the coming apocalypse? Well, then, this book is for you. Roadmap to the End of Days by Daniel Friedmann uses the history recorded in the Old Testament and the Torah to provide an end of days timeline based on the idea that biblical events follow a particular pattern.
There were several good features in this book. The author’s comparison between the End of Days and a glass maze was helpful in illustrating the complicated information presented. The charts and tables were also exceedingly useful in encapsulating the text. They were clear and easy to read. I typically do not care for books that explain what the author’s purpose is at the beginning of the book; however, in this case, the outlined premise of the book and the chapter by chapter summary were necessary for a better understanding.
Initially, Roadmap to the End of Days by Daniel Friedmann was inclusive as regards to religion. That is to say; examples were drawn mostly from the Old Testament which Muslims, Jews, and Christians accept as inspired writing. However as the book progressed, and the more relevant present day prophecies and predictions were revealed, the majority of the work referenced was from the Torah as evidenced from the citations included at the end of the book. I had hoped that the dictionary at the end of the book would help me with some of these unfamiliar accounts, but it didn’t. Unfortunately, the glossary contained information mostly about the characters in the Old Testament, which any Bible student is already familiar with.
In general, the timeline proposed by the book was well-supported and the theory well-presented. It was the concluding comparison of natural labor and delivery versus Caesarean section as an analogy of the Divine Purpose that left me not-quite-convinced. Perhaps the author should examine the relative benefits of each type of birth before using it as a metaphor here. Overall, the text was thought-provoking and well worth the extra time needed to fully consider the ideas presented and the subsequent predictions. Therefore, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
Roadmap to the End of Days by Daniel Friedmann would certainly be of interest to those seeking concrete facts concerning the end of days and Bible scholars in general. Specifically, students of Jewish history will find this a compelling read. As the calculations and references are complex and obscure to some extent, this book would not be of interest to someone looking for light reading.
Roadmap to the End of Days
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