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The Jerusalem Scrolls: A Novel of the Struggle for Jerusalem
(The Zion Legacy Series #4)
Bodie & Brock Thoene
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In The Jerusalem Scrolls, bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene take the story back in time from the battle for Jerusalem in 1948 to tell an ancient tale of love, faith, and redemption. After days of brutal fighting against Arab forces, Moshe Sachar, the courageous leader of the Israelis, escapes to a tunnel under the Old City and discovers sacred scrolls that tell the history of his faith and people. Opening a scroll, Moshe becomes immersed in the extraordinary story from the first century A.D. of Miryam, a beautiful yet troubled young widow, and Marcus, her Roman suitor. With stirring accounts of many events and characters from the Bible, The Jerusalem Scrolls combines wonderful storytelling with a captivating historical setting.
The Thoenes continue their Zion Legacy series (Jerusalem Vigil; Thunder from Jerusalem; Jerusalem's Heart) with the fourth installment. Ambitiously plotted to encompass two different settings, the novel opens in 1948 in the midst of violence and strife, as Jewish Jerusalem falls to Arab forces in Israel's war of independence. Haganah commander Moshe Sachar takes refuge in a secret, underground chamber and examines a hidden biblical-era text. The text's narrative which occupies most of the rest of the novel concerns the stormy romance of a Roman soldier, Marcus, and Miryam, a young Jewish widow. Their story captures the turbulence and swirl of ancient Israel and details the rise of Yeshua, the mesmerizing preacher from Nazareth. The authors' basic New Testament narrative isn't excessively artful, but the well-researched historical detail and smooth prose paint an evocative picture. The stories of personages large and small Yeshua, Herod, Pontius Pilate, Yochanan the Baptizer, as well as Miryam's long-suffering nurse, Tavita; Marcus's loyal aide, Carto; arch rival Vara; and the sympathetic Roman politico Felix are effectively woven together. The novel's Christian slant may or may not be to readers' tastes, and the occasional lapse into Exodus-like purple prose ("She willed him to remember, to awaken in the night and long for her") only detracts. But the authors are successful at what they set out to do, and perhaps the two settings ancient and modern Israel aren't so divergent after all. (Oct. 1)Forecast: The Thoenes have more than six million books in print, and their latest should draw the usual Christian crowds.
The Zion Legacy Series
1. Jerusalem Vigil by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book One
2. Thunder from Jerusalem by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Two
3. Jerusalem's Heart by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Three
4. The Jerusalem Scrolls by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Four
5. Stones of Jerusalem by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Five
6. Jerusalem's Hope by Bodie and Brock Thoene • Book Six
About the Authors
Bodie and Brock Thoene, are the authors of the bestselling series The Zion Chronicles, and The Zion Covenant. Together they have won eight Gold Medallion writing awards.
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