In 2009, U.S. Marine Sergeant Ron Keller is advising an Iraqi Police unit in Fallujah, when he discovers an ancient Hebrew scroll. Knowing the Iraqis will not be overjoyed at any discovery that reminds them of the presence of Jews in Iraq for thousands of years, he removes the scroll without anyone’s knowledge.
Determined to discover the authenticity and meaning of the scroll, Keller covertly summons help from a navy rabbi and an Iraqi-born professor, unaware that more than 2,500 years ago, two scribes set out to rescue sacred scrolls from a burning temple amid the uncertainty of the Babylonian conquest. After the brothers divide the scrolls and leave on separate journeys to hide them, each experiences triumph and tragedy while attempting to ensure the survival of the parchments until the fortunes of Judah are restored.
In this thriller, the modern discovery of an ancient text reveals both long-held secrets and the identity of the author of the original Five Books of Moses.
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By Allan Silverberg
Nov 4, 2013
A wonderful story that I could not put down. I love the way the author went back and forth from present day to ancient times. The story line was exciting and I would highly recommend this book to anyone of any religion or someone not very religious.
An ambitious book with a fascinating premise: how and when was the Torah written and by whom? The belief that the Torah has many authors over many centuries is explored while developing such diverse characters as scribes from Babylonian times and U.S. military personnel from 2009. The author uses names and terminologies from the different millenia to set the scenes, such as miles in modern times and parses in ancient times.The glossary, time line, and selected passages from the Bible helped explain the settings of the book. A map would have been of assistance also in picturing the various locations of the action. A highly believable exploration of what just might have been.
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