Disclaimer: this book is intended for Christian audiences. The book looks at the violence of the Christian Old Testament and tries to argue for a fulfillment in Jesus, giving a future status of nonviolence. To accomplish this, the author first highlights the score of violent episodes found in Torah.
This book gives a mysterious tale wrapped in riddles. While enjoyable at times, much like the cavern scene in The Hobbit, the unfortunate circumstance in this case is the reader’s connection to the narrator, in which it reads much like a manuscript discovered, with the riddles saved for the audience.
Being a former Christian and Messianic Jew and now a practicing Orthodox Jew, I thought this book would be perfect for me to read and review. In fact, I acquire an advance reader copy of the text when I was leaving the evangelical fold for Judaism. This book did not do anything to reconcile my concerns and issues I found within the Jesus camp.