Book Review: The Facade

I just finished an incredible fiction book called The Facade by Michael S. Heiser, Ph.D. The book’s website is http://www.facadethebook.com. Dr. Heiser is a highly educated scholar of ancient languages who uses his scriptural and theological knowledge to craft a very addictive book that encompasses a number of very interesting topics.

The theological angle is why I am reviewing this book here on FirstCenturyChristianity.net. I got this book from a coworker who introduced me to it during dinner one evening. He was on his second time reading The Facade and told me some Biblical things he learned from it. My friend learned, from The Facade, that Eve was not talking to a snake in the Garden of Eden but rather some other type of creature that should be called “The Shiny One” in English. My response of “oh yeah, I knew that” took him completely off guard. I don’t advertise my religious work at my job so most of my coworkers haven’t a clue about this blog and such. Long story, but I don’t have a job like most folks where you see your coworkers every day. In fact, we only see each other about once a year, so it is not uncommon for us to be oblivious of each others personal lives. But, I digress.

Most Christians don’t actually know that “the serpent” in Genesis isn’t a snake, so his reaction to me knowing that was kind of fun. However, those who read this blog likely know this factoid as well as many other little-known facts that Dr. Heiser uses in his thrilling novel. I’m sure many of you have surprised a couple of people with your faith and knowledge a time or two, too! After my friend explained that words, phrases, and concepts such as “elohim”, “sons of God”, and “nephilim” are all expounded upon in The Facade, I was sold. I HAD to read this book!

My wife is very interested in the other beings that are described in Genesis and she is a science-fiction aficionado, so I gave her first crack at The Facade. She loved it and devoured it in three days. She asked me some strange theological questions and even took a bunch of notes and researched them in the Bible. Her comment that, “it actually DOES say (fill in the blank) – even in our ‘blue’ Bible!” was really funny. Our ‘blue’ Bible is a reference to our NASB reference Bible, the gold standard at our house. My curiosity was piqued to say the least.

I read the book in a very short amount of time, too. It was such a positively strange experience to read a novel using Biblical concepts that are really only explored in the Churches of God and Messianic communities. The eschatological concepts Dr. Heiser floats really gets one thinking. He constructs the theme of “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the end” in such a contemporary manner that you will find yourself questioning everything! I highly recommend The Facade to my readers.