The Jerusalem Scrolls

Written by Bodie Thoene Brock Thoene
Review by Audrey Braver

During the battle for Jerusalem in 1948, two young Israeli patriots take refuge in a secret underground library where they find some ancient scrolls. One of the scrolls tells the story of star-crossed lovers, a Jewess, Miryam of Magdala and Marcus Longinus, a Roman centurion. As Miryam and Marcus struggle with their separate demons, their lives are changed by contact with an itinerant teacher, Yeshua of Nazareth. Marcus is intrigued by the wonder of the miracles he witnesses while Miryam’s tortured soul finds peace in Yeshua’s compassion.

The Jerusalem Scrolls is the fourth book in the Zion Legacy series. The authors, a husband and wife team, have written a compelling narrative. The Thoenes take some literary license. There are a few historical anachronisms, and Yiddish is mixed with Hebrew and sprinkled among modern English, which may cause the reader a little confusion. Nevertheless, that is a small distraction from an otherwise extraordinary biblical love story.