HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Author: Flying Eagle Publications
Publisher: Flying Eagle Publications, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.flyingeaglepublications.com/
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Flying Eagle Publications. Noah (published in 2018 by Flying Eagle Publications, Tecumseh, MI 49286). Everyone has heard the story of Noah and the great flood as recorded in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Some believe that it is true. Others believe that it is nothing but a Hebrew myth. Still others believe that there might be a small kernel of fact in it but it was basically embellished from other ancient stories about local floods. Was there really a person named Noah who built an ark? Did the whole earth actually get covered by a world-wide flood of waters? Has any tangible evidence been found to corroborate the Biblical account? Or is it all just a big fable? Flying Eagle Publications tells the ultimate survivor tale of Noah’s true life story as the Bible and the ancients told it about one man and his family, how four men and four women, and a boatload of animals are the source of countless species and billions of people.
I have categorized this book as biography because I am among those who believe that it is about a real human being and an actual historical event. Of course, there are a lot of details that we do not know, so the book mentions several opinions of various scholars as to how certain things might have happened, and not everyone may agree with all the possible suggestions offered. However, the editors of the book have done much research in history, archaeology, and even geology to describe the history that Noah would have known, the world in which he lived, and the flood itself, along with what the rocks and flood stories tell us, plus the subsequent city and empire builders among Noah’s descendants. And they show the modern discoveries buried in plain sight which support the Biblical record.
Even among strong Bible believers, there may be a few theological presuppositions, such as predestinarianism (“The Bible says that Adam passed his sin on to his children when they were born”) and premillennialism (“Some scholars interpret their words to mean those raptured will be safe in heaven for seven years while evil reigns on earth”), with which some may disagree, but these are not really germane to the major focus of the book. Anyone interested in reading about the ark, the flood stories told around the world, ancient Bible history, Mesopotamia, the Nuzi Tablets, the Sumerian King List, the mysterious Tower of Babel, and the Uruk Expansion, as well as recent DNA and language studies, will find Noah to be fascinating reading. It is appropriate for junior high through adult and would be especially useful for Old Testament history and Bible study such as in a homeschool setting.