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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon’s The Biblical Clock has the ambitious aim of showing how science and religion are not opposites. On the contrary, they can help to explain each other regarding the origin of life and the End of Days. Based mainly on Jewish sources, The Biblical Clock is divided into two parts. In the first one, it addresses questions and investigations that scholars have asked themselves throughout the centuries about the formation of the universe. Then, it explores the End of Days, offering many significant references. Friedmann also adds his personal experiences, including conversations with his family. The Biblical Clock is a non-fiction work, but the chapter about the End of Days is fictional, although it refers to previous discoveries.
The Biblical Clock will be an engaging read for those who approach it with an open mind. Otherwise, the widespread prejudice about the incompatibility between science and religion will spoil this enlightening journey. Friedmann writes in a conversational tone that makes this book easy to understand despite its deep subject. His analysis makes you feel that a synthesis between religious and scientific theses is possible. Also, it makes you realize that sacred and technical texts can complement each other. The representation of scholars' eras and lives makes The Biblical Clock a lot more enjoyable and allows you to understand their studies even better. At the same time, Friedmann's personal experiences make the book extremely compelling. If you are looking for a book that explains religious topics in an informal and well-researched way, The Biblical Clock is the one for you.