Friday, January 2, 2009
A unique idea mixed with science and the Hebrew Bible comes alive in Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God by Jerry Pollock.
Brothers Yinnon and Yoseph are twins. Like most twins, they are close and know everything about each other. But at some point Yoseph realizes that Yinnon is depressed, distressed, and bi-polar. And what he discovers next about Yinnon will change his life...forever.
Transported to heaven, Yoseph is interviewed by a variety of biblical figures--the angel Gabriel, Methuselah, Chanoch, Seth, King David, Moses, Jacob, Abraham, and the prophet Isaiah--to see if he has what it takes to be the Messiah. The interviews are difficult and Yoseph is tested and tricked at every turn. But his passion for this is strong and he knows he must continue on despite everything.
Messiah Interviews is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. Science and biblical history are woven together with a healthy dose of make believe to create a world where Yoseph has the opportunity to vie for the job of Messiah...but only if he makes it through the interviews.
Not knowing a great deal about the Hebrew Bible, this book provides great insight for the reader, but at times I felt overwhelmed by the amount of information. The same held true for the scientific aspects of the book.
Some of the best portions of Messiah Interviews come from when Yoseph is between interviews and gets a chance to spend time with his wife, Marica. Pollock's vivid details during these encounters are well done. The reader immediately feels transported to the time and place with them.
The ending is superbly done and made it well worth the reading of the book. Readers interested in the implications of biblical history on the modern world, finding truth and sincerity in one's heart, and those seeking further knowledge of the Hebrew Bible will certainly enjoy this one.
Title: Messiah Interviews
Author: Jerry Pollock
Publisher: Shechinah Third Temple, Inc.