Holmes and Watson, the famous detective duo, is employed by a mysterious client to solve some of the mysteries contained within the Scriptures. These mysteries are about some of the more obscure textual difficulties found in the Scriptures, and are more archaeological and historical than theological, the kind of mysteries well-suited for our favorite detectives. Taking advantage of the genius left behind by their greatest foe, Moriarty, Holmes develops a time machine which allows them eyewitness account of the past, and when combined with their observations of the Holy Writ and expertise of historical studies, are able to develop satisfactory hypotheses that will keep the reader thinking for weeks.
Based on the exceptional precedent set by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle’s original works, and the extreme talent from more recent authors who have carried on the mantle, such as Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series, I found it rather dubious to see a Christian author attempt his hand at his own rendition of the Holmesian tradition. My doubts proved unjustified.
By the evidence clearly laid out in this book, I deduce Bailey did his homework. Nay, he finished his homework, provided a glossary, index, and concordance of his work, and completed extra credit to boot. The dialogue alone takes any reader directly back to Baker Street. As any fan of the Sherlock Holmes series would recognize, the bantering between Holmes and Watson is true to character; that alone makes it worth reading. Sardonic, witty, observant–it’s all there.
When combined with a sturdy knowledge of the ancient Near East we have a delightful read that Bailey has made. I will caution that the reader might get lost from time to time in some of the technical details and sometimes description of the time traveling felt disjointed, but that is why the book includes a group study/discussion section that allows readers to review each chapter/mystery in a group setting to review what was learned. Like I said, Bailey did his homework, both on the Scriptural accounts and on the fictional characters he chose to employ. If you like Sherlock Holmes and you like the Scriptures, you will like this book.
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