What this book is and what it is not
Published by Tyndale House Publishers in 1997.
I picked this book up somewhere along the way and I am sure when I bought it I thought that it was something that it is not.
What I thought the book was:
thought it was a Graham Hancock-type (ironically, Graham Hancock is
referred to in the text of this book) look into some of the oddities of
the Bible. What really happened at Jericho? What does the archaeological
record say? Where did Moses and the Israelites cross the Red Sea? Are
there possible explanations for a parting of the Red Sea besides a
divine one? What about those that claim that Jesus did not really die on
the cross? Is the popularly referred to "Swooning" of Jesus an
explanation for his resurrection. If not, why not. The kind of stuff you
get on the History Channel from time to time
That is not what this book is (although if anyone knows of such a cool book, let me know!)
this book is is a compilation of a number of odd stories from the
Bible. They are re-told here in loose categories in no particular order
under such topics as "Unlucky Seventies" (times when 70 people died);
"Family Customs" (polygamy, circumcision and the like - why they were
done) or such ongoing categories such as "Strange but True" and "FAQs". A
good feature is the listing of the verses where the strange story can
be found in the Bible after every entry.
While well-written, I
kept on wondering why it was written. I suppose I was not the target
audience. I was quite familiar with 95% of the stories that were told
and very little new information on the mysteries themselves were
So, my recommendation is that if you know your Bible
backwards and forwards, this book will have little to offer. If you are
relatively new to the study of the Bible, this one may help spur your
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on December 25, 2006.
"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." - Jules Verne
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