Does the Ark of the Covenant still exist? If so, where is it hidden? Could it be found by archaeologists following clues left behind by Jewish monks some 2,000 years ago? How would the search transform the lives of the searchers? What kind of a furor would be raised if these things were really true?
That is the premise of the novel, The Scroll, by Grant R. Jeffry and Alton L. Gansky. The main character is a biblical archaeologist by the name of Dr. David Chambers. Unfortunately, he walked away from his faith years ago. His former mentor, a Jewish historian, invites him to conduct one more dig in the tunnels underneath ancient Jerusalem. Along the way, Chambers is confronted with failures in his faith, academic discipline, and his personal relationships. But he is also confronted with the possibility of finding treasures that prove the truth of Scripture.
On the whole, I found The Scroll to be an average novel. Not bad, but not great either. For the most part, it was enjoyable. However, it bogs down in a few places where it tries to explain the academics of archaeology. Some of the dialogue sounds a bit artificial and the ending comes across as predictable. That being said, it was a good read.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.