Thursday, November 5, 2009

Review: The Amen Heresy by William Muhlenfeld

Ex-priest and dyslexic expert of ancient languages, Jack Fisher, agrees to assist an Israeli friend and expert of religious history and is drawn into an unsolved mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His discovery of the true meaning of the Copper Scroll threatens to expose the three religions of Abraham as the monotheistic legacy of an ancient, sun-worshipping pharaoh, Amen-hotep IV. Jack joins forces with Agent Ariel Hadar of the Israeli Antiquities Authority and Sami Salaa, a Palestinian boy of the streets, in an epic struggle for possession of the scroll, and an explosive truth which will upend religious history and shatter the religious legacy of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Received from the publisher for review.

I have read quote a bit about Akhenaten and Egyptian history in general so I was particularly interested to read this and I was not disappointed by the quality of the research. I only wish more people would read the book, and its research materials, and become exposed to its ideas.

I especially liked these two lines from the author's note about the book at the end:

Spirituality aside, it seems evident that the faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have forever been the focus of a misaligned belief system and misdirected dogmas and rites, which have often been used in ways that confound, horrify, and damage.

To the extent that this work of fiction illuminates the truth of Abrahamic monotheism, and challenges the shaky precepts of faith gone awry over the last three millennia, I am grateful to these three men and others who have reasonably determined that The Light of Lights, the True God of True God may well be nothing more than the fiery imagination of a long-dead pharaoh.

This one gets four stars. While I didn't really like or connect with any of the characters the book was very well written. The theories presented were solidly researched and thoroughly believable by any intelligent person. The book has certainly inspired me to look for The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran which is a further, more complete, non fiction discussion of the theories.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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