Finally, an honest researcher dealing with the central themes of the Bible- 1) Israel-- it's historical and prophetical importance in understanding the "Book" 2)How the Messiah,--the Son of God, was presented, prepared and nurtured to enter his ministry- physically-- as well as spiritually.
Notably ABSENT were any racial agenda's or "wierd" ETHNIC doctrines, or the like, which have become trendy today among some-self-serving radical "identity" groups,--seemingly desperate for "Unique-hood".
On the contrary,I was impressed with Mr. Collins, logic,hard work and balance. Incredibly, WITHOUT ANY HINT of a marketing ploy, or so-called "hate agenda", this author manages to put out a straitforward ENTERTAINING INFORMATIVE,HISTORICAL READ, with more than enough factual intormation TO PLACE IT IN THE-- HISTORY, RATHER THAN THEOLOGY--CATAGORY!!!
Persuasive arguements are developed for the little-known "World-Ruling Influence" of Ancient Israel. Circa 1000 b.c. under David and Solomon, vast wealth as well as military power profiled a more accurate view of the Nation of Israel--THAT KINGDOM OF ISRAEL at it's zenith.
Moreover, the author explains that niether "National Captivity" -nor- "apparent" ANONIMITY ever stopped YHVH's promises made to Abraham's Seed. He argues that God has obligated Himself to fullfill ALL those promises, throughout the past and on into the future --as the Bible indicates.
Israel was apparently never "lost" --except on purpose--by enemies and their historians. Modern education embraced the "Lost" concept, and confused the issue for years.
In addition, according to Collins research, Christ, the Priest-King-Promised-Descendant of Israelite heritage, must have had some degree of Education, Wealth, --and Political as well as Theological Influence--in order to impact the world as he did--more than any Government that ever Governed, or Ruler that ever Ruled.
Collins concludes .--and documents from scripture and secular sources --that Jesus was a well known-significant- figure of his day, tolerated by the Romans, murdered by the Jews, and "buried" in history by his enemies.
And, I found this refreshing. Mr. Collins openly admits some conclusions are speculative in nature, but has the honesty to differentiate speculation from fact, and label each accordingly. He ends his work, by painstakingly listing each of the "Lost" Ten Tribes of Israel and attempts to "identify" each in today's world, thru both Bilical and Historical, as well as Socialogical clues.
As for my opinion, --a businessman, 40year Bible Student,--longtime Ordained Minister, and avid History Buff, I believe the book to be genuinely inspired and practical. Easily read, non-technical, it was like reading an adventure story. I've never seen anything like it on the subject. It's an invaluable tool in my reference library.
"Good stuff, Maynard!" Keep it up.
P.S. Don't loan it out--you'll never see it again.
JJ Aschenbrenner Pastor Mountainview Church of God Denver, Colorado