Book Review: “Day Of Atonement” by David A. deSilva

July 20, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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David A. deSilva in his new book, “Day Of Atonement book coverDay Of Atonement” published by Kregel Publications gives us A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt.

From the back cover:   In the blank pages between Malachi and Matthew, the course of an entire nation was changed . . .

The Greeks have taken over the world, but Jerusalem is still the same backwater city Jason has always known. He wants to help his hometown rise to a new age of prosperity and influence. If that means stretching the terms of the city s divine covenant, so be it. But how far is he willing to go to achieve Greek greatness for this Jewish city? And whose lives will be forfeited in the process?

Written by an internationally recognized expert in the period between the Testaments, Day of Atonement invites readers into Judea during the tumultuous years leading up to the Maccabean Revolt. It was this pivotal decade that reminded Jews of the centrality of the covenant to their national security and taught them that the covenant was worth dying for. The story is so foundational, it is still told every year at Hanukkah. The lessons learned during this turbulent time also shed light on just what was at stake in the ministry of Jesus, whose radical message seemed to threaten the covenant once again.

I had no idea the events in this story actually happened. I even had no idea that there are two books that did not make it into our Bible but can be found in what is called the Apocrypha. This is history and it is the events between the Old and New Testaments. Having said all this I need to tell you that this is exciting. The book is filled with well drawn and interesting characters.  “Day Of Atonement” is filled with tension and many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mr. deSilva is highly talented and keeps the story moving at a very high level of quality, though every so often it does slow down a touch.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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