Day Of Atonement by David A. deSilva

In the blank pages between Malachi and Matthew, the course of an entire nation was changed . . .His brother, the high priest Honiah, enjoyed the authority of the high priesthood, and all important decisions needed his approval. But it was Jason who was shaping the future of Jerusalem and, with it, all Judea. He breathed in again, imagining that he could feel the wave of destiny impelling him forward toward his vision as he exhaled . . .

The Greeks have taken over the world, but Jerusalem is still the same backwater city Jason has always known. He wants to help his hometown rise to a new age of prosperity and influence. If that means stretching the terms of the city’s divine covenant, so be it. But how far is he willing to go to achieve Greek greatness for this Jewish city? It will take the willingness of a handful of Jews to die rather than violate the covenant in order to turn the tide back to God.

Written by an internationally recognized expert in the period between the Testaments, Day of Atonement invites readers into Judea during the tumultuous years leading up to the Maccabean Revolt. It was this pivotal decade that reminded Jews of the centrality of the covenant to their national security and taught them that the covenant was worth dying for. The story is so foundational, it is still told every year at Hanukkah. The lessons learned during this turbulent time also shed light on just what was at stake in the ministry of Jesus, whose radical message seemed to threaten the covenant once again.

Day of Atonement joins the perennially successful novels Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome  by renowned historian Paul Maier on Kregel’  premier list of captivating and historically accurate biblical novels.

You may read an excerpt HERE.

About The Author

David A. deSilva is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation’s Warning, Introducing the Apocrypha, and Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture.

My Thoughts

I have always enjoyed this story which is tucked into the “Festival of Lights.”  It is a story of standing up for what is right and taking a definitive side at any cost.  It is a story that is relevant for today.  I reflected on the choices the characters made and how those choices effected their business acquaintances, their friendships, and their residence.  Are we being called today to take this same stand?

If you are a fan of history as I, you will devour this novel.  There are an abundance of characters but by the final third of this book, those main characters were well developed. 

I encourage you to purchase a copy.  As a former school teacher and homeschool parent, this book would be an excellent text to include in study of this time period in high school history education.  This novel was well researched and will be enjoyed by Hebrews and Christians alike.

Thank you to Kregel Publication for a copy in exchange for my honest review.