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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781414301020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301020
  • ASIN: 1414301022
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Zion Chronicles series covers the events surrounding Israel's statehood in 1948. Each book vividly portrays the intense struggle of the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the forces, within and without, which engulf the Middle Ea

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 11 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
"The Gates of Zion" begins with a brief prologue set in Qumran, 68 C.E.. Jerusalem has just fallen to the Romans. A Jewish scribe quickly and carefully copies the last passages of the book of the Prophet Isaiah. Then he wraps the scroll in linen, coats the linen with pitch, and prepares to bury it in a clay jar - along with all the other scrolls. He makes sure, at this hour of his death, that the words of God will be preserved for future generations. The Dead Sea Scrolls are about to be hidden.
Two millennia later, on November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly, in its 128th plenary session, by a two-thirds vote (33 to 13 with Britain and nine others abstaining), passed Resolution 181 partitioning Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The Arab national movement in Palestine, as well as all the Arab countries, angrily rejected partition. Almost immediately there was Arab violence against the Jews in Palestine.
Ellie Warne is an American photojournalist for LIFE Magazine, who unknowingly becomes the focus of danger when she takes pictures of ancient scrolls recently discovered by Bedouins. Ellie is staying with her uncle Howard, an archeologist, in Jerusalem. She finds new purpose when she decides to help the Hagganah prepare to defend the city of Jerusalem after the Partition.
Rachel Lubetkin is a beautiful Jewish Holocaust survivor. She left the concentration camps behind in Europe, along with a big part of her soul. On her arm she bears the tattooed legacy, "Nur Fur Offizere, "For Officers Only." The Nazis had used her as a prostitute. She is shunned by many of the refugees and called a traitor for not choosing death over forced prostitution.
Moshe Sacher is a brilliant archeological linguist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 1999
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Never have I come across a better author. Bodie Theone (tay-nee) is truly amazing. These books are full of drama. It's like the characters became my friends. When I finished the series, It felt as though I lost some good friends. I really don't know if I could be as entertained, enlightened and fulfilled by reading anything else after reading this series. Originally I was checking the series out one at a time from the library. But when I realized I'd finally found something I couldn't put down, I figured I better buy the whole series. I have never bought books before, because I've never found anything worthy of being read more than once. I was just so compelled and I want to share her writings with all my friends and family. She's spectacular. So is anything written by her husband Brock, who helps her co-write everything. It's almost like watching a movie, because there are so many plots intertwined. I was shocked to read the epilogue in RETURN TO ZION. You'll have to find out for yourself. Just don't start reading in the middle of the series. If I could never read another authors works but one it would be the Theone's. - Megan Villa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2000
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This book caught my attention right from the beginning. I grew to love all the characters. Ellie is somebody I always wished I could be. She is smart, beautiful, and brave. Uncle Howard reminded me of one of my own uncles. I thought he was great. I cried with Rachel and felt her pain when the women looked down on her. I got mad when they called her names. I was very happily suprised when Yacov ended up being Rachel's youngest brother. I was glad that she did have some family left though. Moshe is the kind of man any woman would want as her husband. I was kind of annoyed at first by David, but by the end of the book, he turned out to be a great man.
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By A Customer on 20 Dec. 1998
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When I started to read "The Gates Of Zion" I had the impresion that I was going to read a story about an astounding revelation or a stunning discovery in Qumran ( a new scroll, a new manuscript, an unknown Gospel, etc). I expected also to find a group of scholars involved in a heated argument about the authenticity and interpretation of some ancient scriptures. There is only a brief mention of Isaiah. I expected an academic comparison between Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hoseah or Daniel or any of the prophets of the Old Testament, or even a remarkable coincidence between these prophets applied to the times of the story. Instead, the story is quite simple, basically a love story with some thrills and action; although I still don't understand why Hassan and Gehrhardt wanted so much to kill Ellie. I expected more participation form Uncle Howard. The end was quite predictable. The story itself was good, fast paced, and not too "spiced", making this book understandable for young readers. If you were dissapointed by this book, and you were looking for the elements that I mentioned above, you should read the exciting novel "Gospel" by Wilton Barnhardt.
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By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1997
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I've always enjoyed Christian fiction, particularly historical Christian fiction, but this book has me hooked on Bodie Thoene. She presents her characters in such a real way that I cried when I finished the series, because I wouldn't see the characters again.
Also, this book, and the series in general, has given me a very real appreciation for Israel's struggle for peace and recognition. It's taught me to value the freedom I have. Reading about those who will stand up for what they believe in, at any cost, and those who will stand up for others, has left me with the desire to do likewise.
If you like Bodie Thoene, or even if you have never read any of her books but enjoy historical fiction, give this book a try. I was so hooked I finished all five books in the Zion Chronicles and the three books in the Shiloh Legacy in six months, in spite of college studies!
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