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The Jerusalem Scrolls
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Bodie and Brock Thoene, with degrees in creative writing and history, respectively, are the authors of Jerusalem Vigil and Thunder from Jerusalem, the first two volumes of the Zion Legacy series. Their other thirty-three novels include the best-selling series the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant. Together they have won eight Evangelical Christian Publishers Gold Medallion awards. The Thoenes live in Nevada and London, England.
Bodie and Brock Thoene, with degrees in creative writing and history, respectively, are the authors of Jerusalem Vigil and Thunder from Jerusalem, the first two volumes of the Zion Legacy series. Their other thirty-three novels include the best-selling series the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant. Together they have won eight Evangelical Christian Publishers Gold Medallion awards. The Thoenes live in Nevada and London, England.

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The Old City of Jerusalem has fallen. Moshe Sachar and Alfie Halder follow the commands of a dying man to make sure that the vast scroll library hidden underneath the city is protected, even though doing so means that they are sealed in with the scrolls. At the rabbi's request, Moshe reads a particular scroll first, one containing the story of Miryam of Magdala, a widow and prostitute, and Marcus Longinus, a Roman soldier and Miryam's lover. Except for the first and last chapter, this novel is set in Jesus' time and recounts the conversion of two unlikely people to follow Jesus. Miryam is Mary Magdalene, albeit a different version than found in Ellen Gunderson Traylor's Mary Magdalene (see below), and Marcus is the Roman soldier who will stand at Jesus' feet at the Crucifixion and pierce his side with a spear. Fans of the "Zion Legacy" series may be baffled by the departure from 1948 Jerusalem, but the Thoenes provide a solid story all the same. For collections with the series. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Collins, a general market crime author turned CBA novelist, pens a chilling tale of suspense that makes a worthy contribution to the sparse genre of Christian mystery fiction. Chelsea Adams has the gift of visions, often falling into a trancelike spiritual state where she sees events that elude others. When Chelsea has dinner with Gavil Harrison, a candidate for vice-president of sales at her husband Paul's up-and-coming software company, she is horrified by her "vision" that Harrison has murdered a young female jogger. Sgt. Dan Reiger is a Christian willing to take a chance on believing in Chelsea's visions as he tracks down the killer. But will Chelsea's next vision damage her credibility and change the course of the investigation? Collins does a fine job of laying a confusing, twisting trail, sowing seeds of doubt about the various suspects and teasing the reader with just enough information to keep the pages turning. There's a rather conservative undertone of marital submission (Paul forbids Chelsea to go to church and she meekly acquiesces), as well as occasional overwriting ("the underbrush seemed taken aback at the sudden sound, rustling its disapproval"), but these are minor lapses in a solid narrative. To her credit, Collins leaves some loose ends dangling: Paul doesn't become a Christian at the end of the book, although he is supportive of Chelsea's faith. CBA readers looking for mystery novels with a spiritual thread will enjoy this. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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