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1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, 1 Sep 2012
This review is from: In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World (Hardcover)
The book questions the existence of Mecca, when the author is clearly not a scholar on the region. Valley of Baca was mentioned in psalms 84- "How lovely is Your dwelling-place, O Lord of Hosts. I long, I yearn for the courts of the Lord; my body and soul shout for joy to the living God ... Happy are those who dwell in Your house; they forever praise You. Happy is the man who finds refuge in You, whose mind is on the [pilgrim] highways. They pass through the Valley of Baca, regarding it as a place of springs, as if the early rain had covered it with blessing ... Better one day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else"; I would rather stand at the threshold of God's house than dwell in the tents of the wicked; bakkah being the older name for mecca in the quran, the source of water being zamzam, and to reinforce the connection the verse metions baca as being a place of pilgrimage and whether or not you believe in the Bible it is accepted that it is older than the Quran and hence Makkah was in existence well before the Quran. Other pre-Islamic records of Mecca are found in Pre-Islamic Arabic poetry e.g Imru al Qays who existed a century before the Prophet.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2012 18:10:07 BDT
A customer says:
Have you actually read the book?

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 16:04:27 BDT
G. W. Mclean says:
So does a military historian have to have served in the military to produce good history? No. Does an ancient historian need to be a geographer of the ancient world and the middle east? No. Review the book rather than defend your belief, it's most obviously touched a nerve. You show true character traits as Frederick the Great described when it comes to such subject matter, shame you are ignorant to that.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 13:33:36 GMT
That same Psalm states 'They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion' so.. the pilgrims go via Mecca to Jerusalem? Thats a pretty massive detour. The Psalm also states how 'lovely is your dwelling place' so does Allah live in Mecca? No. But what does the word Tabernacle mean? Dwelling Place? And this appeared in the Temple in Jerusalem.

To be honest this commentator doesn't seem to making a reasoned objection. Most the bad ratings on this book seem to come from Muslim commentators who don't seem to have read the book either, which gives me a good incentive to go ahead and read it for myself.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2012 00:05:11 GMT
Jeremy says:
Precisely. The psalm in question is 100% clear as to the location involved. Only by ignoring most of it could anyone pretend that this was talking about Mecca.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 01:36:18 BDT
cujimi says:
Was Chew-baca from Baca? Could he have been Muslim? Is bingo an Islamic game? Serious questions my friend, which need answers soon, if we are to save the human race.
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