23 January 2019

The Scroll | Book Review + Giveaway


The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of Masada. It draws from an authentic archaeological find: the divorce document of a woman named Miriam.

This fictionalized version of Miriam’s story begins in the year 73 CE on Masada’s final horrific day, where enemies within and without bring about the downfall of the last Jewish fortress. Its survivors are forced to choose between nation and family, and finally, between life and death. Will they learn the lessons of Masada’s downfall?

Although it tells of events that took place two millennia ago, The Scroll sheds extraordinary light on the complexities of modern Israeli society and the dilemmas faced by Israel and its leaders today.

Publisher: The Toby Press
Release Date: January 19, 2019 (re-issue)


In her historical novel, The Scroll, Miriam Feinberg Vamosh offers a fascinating glimpse into Jewish history—at a time of oppression, suffering, and revolt—and that era’s lasting impact. Surviving the tragedy of Masada, the character Miriam begins this multi-generational narrative and reflects the challenges that the nation of Israel historically faced. The story has a heaviness to it, given the difficulties faced, but it is a valuable one to explore and consider.

I will say that at times, the narrative left me confused. Some perspectives shift in ways difficult to follow, and Vamosh chooses to include a lot of descriptive detail, which sets the scenes well, but can also be a bit overwhelming, too.

All in all, The Scroll is an interesting read. While I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as wholly enjoyable, it did leave me intrigued to learn more about this tumultuous period of Jewish history.


Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of The Scroll and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Miriam Feinberg Vamosh was born in Trenton, New Jersey and has lived in Israel for over four decades. She is the author of the best-selling Daily Life at the Time of Jesus, which has been translated into 32 languages. She is also the author of Women at the Time of the Bible, Food at the Time of the Bible, Teach it to Your Children, How Kids Lived in Bible Days, and with Eva Marie Everson, she wrote the award-winning Reflections of God’s Holy Land, a Personal Journey Through Israel. Her historical novel, The Scroll, is a moving saga about the survivors of Masada and their descendants over three generations, and is based on a real archaeological find.


(1) winner will win

a print copy of The Scroll
a variety of teas from Israel

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 21, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 28, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy Biblical fiction! The Scroll sounds epic!