Sherlock Holmes And the Needle's Eye is a very unique book. I must admit that I've never been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I chose to review this book because it peaked my curiosity. The summary of the book is that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, travel back in time to solve several mysteries of the Bible. Some of the mysteries they explore are:
Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
Is Zechariah the son of Berechiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
Why did the Lord have the walls of Jericho collaspe?
Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus?
This was not my favorite book. It was written in the old English form that so many Sherlock Holmes fans love. To me, it was hard to read and follow. It seemed to skip around a lot. I found myself lost and bored. The good thing about the book is that each chapter actually made for a great Bible study. The Bible lessons in the stories were awesome. As a pastor, I found things I had never seen before. Things like Arithophel being the grandfather of Bathsheba. Bathsheba's husband and father were in the list of David's 30 mighty men. David has her husband murdered so that he can marry her. Arithophel is one of David's closest counselors, but after the murder of his granddaughters husband, he seems to have waited for the time when he could get back at David. I won't give the rest of it away, but Len Bailey did an amazing job of research for this book.
Overall, I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars. As far as reading goes, it simply didn't interest me at all. As far as Bible study content, it was amazing.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.