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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

The Scroll - Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

Set just a couple of years in the future, The Scroll, is a dash through Jerusalem with three of the world’s most renowned archeologists; brought together for the dig of a lifetime, they soon find themselves in the middle of a battle between: good and evil, life and death, Israel and the rest of the world. In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.

Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. David, though surrounded by the evidence, has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope. The Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancée, Amber.
The main characters are an interesting mix of acquaintances, old friends, and arch-nemeses. A s the plot unfolds, I found the romantic interest, Amber, a bit annoying. She is supposed to be an intelligent studied archeologist, yet her anger in breaking off the relationship did not seem realistic and out of place. Her character was limited. The story moved forward laying out the process of working on faith and relationships and recovering what was lost by pride and grief. The deeper they dig beneath Old Jerusalem, the closer they come to restoring both—and tearing the world apart in the process.
While the book is speculative, it bases the plot on Judeo-Christian history and archeological facts, blending them in thoroughly intriguing and exciting scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read stories that revolve around Israel or archeology. An interesting part of the book is the wealth of historical and archeological information that is woven into the narrative. The history of Israel and the biblical history that is interlaced with the faith or lack of faith of the characters portray the genuine tension that exists between faith and the historical accuracy of Scripture.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.