Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries

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Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.

The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, ...

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Overview

Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.

The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished,
they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.

While traveling back in time to witness certain scenes, Holmes and Watson unravel ten different Biblical mysteries,
including the following:

· The Hanging Tree: Why did Ahithophel hang himself?

· Righteous Blood is Red: Is Zechariah the son of Berekiah or
Jehoiada in Matthew 23?

· You Miss, You Die: Why did David take five stones against Goliath?

· Dead Man Walking: Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus in John
11?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780849964831
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 628,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Len Bailey is a professional radio commercial and voiceover actor and bagpipe player. He attended high school Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and earned a B.A. in history from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. He also earned a journalism scholarship and was a member of the 1974 NCCAA national champion soccer team.He lives with his wife, Denise, andthree sons in suburban Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Holmes and Watson, the famous detective duo, is employed by a my

    Holmes and Watson, the famous detective duo, is employed by a mysterious client to solve some of the mysteries contained within the Scriptures. These mysteries are about some of the more obscure textual difficulties found in the Scriptures, and are more archeological and historical than theological, the kind of mysteries well-suited for our favorite detectives. Taking advantage of the genius left behind by their greatest foe, Moriarty, Holmes develops a time machine which allows them eyewitness account of the past, and when combined with their observations of the Holy Writ and expertise of historical studies, are able to develop satisfactory hypotheses that will keep the reader thinking for weeks.
    Based on the exceptional precedent set by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works, and the extreme talent from more recent authors who have carried on the mantle, such as Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series, I found it rather dubious to see a Christian author attempt his hand at his own rendition of the Holmesian tradition. My doubts proved unjustified. 
    By the evidence clearly laid out in this book, I deduce Bailey did his homework. Nay, he finished his homework, provided a glossary, index, and concordance of his work, and completed extra credit to boot. The dialogue alone takes any reader directly back to Baker Street. As any fan of the Sherlock Holmes series would recognize, the bantering between Holmes and Watson is true to character; that alone makes it worth reading. Sardonic, witty, observant–it’s all there. 
    When combined with a sturdy knowledge of the ancient Near East we have a delightful read that Bailey has made. I will caution that the reader might get lost from time to time in some of the technical details and sometimes description of the time traveling felt disjointed, but that is why the book includes a group study/discussion section that allows readers to review each chapter/mystery in a group setting to review what was learned. Like I said, Bailey did his homework, both on the Scriptural accounts and on the fictional characters he chose to employ.  If you like Sherlock Holmes and you like the Scriptures, you will like this book.
    This book was made available to me for free in exchange for an honest review through Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze review program.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    This book is subtitled as ¿The World¿s Greatest Detective Tackle

    This book is subtitled as “The World’s Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible’s Ultimate Mysteries.” The book tells of Holmes and Watson investigating a number of events cited in the Bible. Their investigations are conducted “on site” through acquisition of a sort of time machine, referred to as “The Eye of the Needle.” Later evidence seems to point toward a divine source and control for the time travels involved. Such questions are left open to interpretation by the reader.

    The author assumes the literal historical truth of the Bible and all investigations and events are presented from that viewpoint. There is no discussion of the fascinating questions about sources, conflicting viewpoints, and archeological evidence that contradicts some events, such as the migration of the twelve tribes from Egypt and the military invasion of “The Promised land.” In addition no attention is paid to the decisions made at various times to include or to exclude certain items from the Bible. The political bases of these decisions, made across millennia, are not cited, much less examined. Reader expectations should be adjusted to fit within these constraints.

    “The Needle’s Eye” segment describes the process by which these investigations come about and what processes and restrictions are involved. The first investigation is “The Hanging Man,” which examines Ahitophel, a trusted counselor to King David. Ahitophel is recorded as having hanged himself after participating in a revolt against David. His reasons are resolved and explained.

    The second investigation, “Dignified Harlots,” is to determine the words Christ wrote on the ground when a Pharisee-primed mob demanded that an adulteress be stoned. The identity of the “harlots” in the title is interesting. The third investigation, “Righteous Blood is Red,” investigates the murder of one Zecharaiah, cited in Chronicles. In addition, Zecharaiaha’s murder is mentioned by Christ to the Pharisees in Matthew. These are different Zecharaiahs and the reasons are complex. The fourth investigation, “The Devil’s Enterprise,” examines Christ’s comment in Luke that “the devil … left him until [a more] opportune time” after tempting Him. The fifth investigation, “Pain, Locks and Romans,” examines the reasons that Paul began his Macedonian missionary journey in Phillipi.

    The sixth investigation, “You Miss, You Die,” examines David and his encounter with Goliath. It asks why David carried specifically five stones when he went to challenge Goliath. The seventh investigation, “Dead Man Walking,” examines Christ’s raising of the dead Lazarus. It asks why Christ waited three full days to return Lazarus from the dead. In the eighth investigation, “Who’s Your Mama,” the question is “Why is Jehoiachin’s name included in Christ’s genealogy, listed in Matthew, when Jeremiah prophesied that it would not be included. In the final investigation, “Run for Your Life,” Christ’s time of birth and time of death are examined. Several times, in both Testaments, these are cited as being at “right times.”

    The final segment, “Six Cups of Tea,” looks back at the whole experience and summarizes thoughts and viewpoints for Sherlock, Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson as well as the officers of Scotland Yard.

    This is a well-researched and thought-out book. The scholarship is excellent and the arguments are well presented. If you keep in mind what is not investigated and the author’s viewpoint, this can be both entertaining and enlightening.

    Reviewed by Philip K. Jones, March, 2014.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    What an ingenious idea.  Take the fun, myeterious, clever charac

    What an ingenious idea.  Take the fun, myeterious, clever character of Sherlock Holmes, throw in a time machine just for fun and 
    then solve Bible mysteries.  I loved this book and because it is a great read for anyone who loves the Bible and enjoys a good mystery.

    Have you ever wondered why David chose five stones – even though he only needed one? What did Jesus write in the dirt while
    those who had come to stone the woman caught in adultery dropped their stones and walked away? Or why they left so quietly?
    What was the significance of Jesus letting Lazarus die, only to go and raise him from the dead?

    This book explores the evidence found in the scriptures for these answers and several more. Of course, in most cases the
    answer is speculative, but the evidence considered is well researched and brings together much scripture to develop the
    explanation given by the world’s most famous literary detective.

    The book is well written and stays true to the character of Holmes, Dr. Watson, and even Mrs. Hudson. The “Needle’s Eye” is
    a time machine which takes the crew back to various points in Biblical history to explore the questions and then chronicles the
    quest for the explanation.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and a great book.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson for a

    I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson for almost as long as I have relished mystery books. I grew up reading and watching Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes, and it was always a treat. I embarked on this book with an expectation that I would find the same scintillating characters with a Christian bent.

    First of all, I struggled to see Holmes and Watson in modern times. In fact, I didn't even realize that was the case until fighting in Afghanistan was mentioned a few times. I wish that Holmes and Watson would have remained in the 1800's--they seemed to fit better.

    Secondly, I really was lost concerning the gospel message in this book. I knew it was supposed to be there, but I never felt closure on this issue. I would have preferred this not being such a murky issue. Holmes was definitely his intellectual self, but the ending left me a little more confused on the salvation issue than I would have preferred.

    Lest you think I didn't enjoy the book, nothing could be further from the truth. The book is definitely written in an intellectual, somewhat classical style. Holmes's antics were quite entertaining, and every time he bested Watson, it was quite entertaining. I didn't hate the time travel--it seemed to make sense. After all, Holmes is a genius, and he could certainly create such a device. And the Biblical mysteries were quite baffling and completely amazing! Sometimes I felt that the mystery's solution was somewhat dogmatically stated when we truly can't be sure about some things, but I guess that would have been the way Holmes would have done it.

    I wrestled with the rating I would give this book because it wasn't my favorite, but it was intriguing at the same time. I think I delighted in witnessing the Bible stories more than any other part of the book. To be able to go back in time and see these stories firsthand would be an unbelievable, somewhat dangerous trip!

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Calling all Deep Thinkers The whole premise is interesting a

    Calling all Deep Thinkers




    The whole premise is interesting and fun to read, but deep thinkers will definitely get more out of the book, as they do any Sherlock Holmes. It has been a while since I’ve read a Sherlock Holmes book, but it reads much like I remember. The author put some serious work into replicating the atmosphere and wording of the original. For serious Bible readers, this book can help answer some questions in a fun way. If you have read and enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, this book is an excellent addition to your bookshelf.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Len Bailey's "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye" is

    Len Bailey's "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye" is a great book of mysteries with a twist! This book was given to me by the BookSneeze book review program; however, that does not affect my views on the book, and this review is of my honest opinion. Bailey's stories begin with a device called the Needle's Eye, which takes the infamous detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion Dr. Watson back in time to Biblical times and locations. The book is well written and consists of 10 mysteries to be solved, each prompted by an anonymous source sending a calling card to Holmes and Watson. Each of these stories is designed to be read as stories or as devotionals. There is a journal section in the back, where you might reflect on what you have learned in the tales of Holmes, Watson, and even Mrs. Hudson! For the sake of time, I chose to read them as stories; however, I appreciate them as devotionals as well because it did encourage me to think more thoroughly upon Biblical stories I have been told throughout my childhood. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend this to anyone in need of a good mystery!

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey is a journey

    Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey is a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.
    Watson and Holmes are fantastically reinvented in this amazing novel. The idea of traveling and connecting biblical references with the situation these men must solve is thrilling. Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite detectives. Sherlock has discovered a time machine that allows him to travel back into Bible time to find mysteries to solve. Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye is all about unlocking Bible mysteries.
    The Bible stories used the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues and long kept secrets. Like jewels, hidden in the sand, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.
    If you like mystery/suspense and fans who love Sherlock Holmes should check out this book. There are questions in the back to delve deeper into the mysteries of the Bible. I would recommend this book.
    I received copy of Book from Thomas Nelson in their Booksneeze Blogging for books program for my review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

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    Len Bailey in his new book "Sherlock Holmes And The Needle'

    Len Bailey in his new book "Sherlock Holmes And The Needle's Eye" published by Thomas Nelson gives us The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries.




    From the back cover: Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.




    The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.




    While traveling back in time to witness certain scenes, Holmes and Watson unravel ten different Biblical mysteries of which a sampling include:




    · The Hanging Tree: Why did Ahithophel hang himself?




    · Righteous Blood is Red: Is Zechariah the son of Berekiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?




    · You Miss, You Die: Why did David take five stones against Goliath?




    · Dead Man Walking: Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus in John 11?




    Let's face it The Bible has some stories in it that leave us scratching our heads and wondering just what happened here. In some places we are left with lots of questions and, most times, there is no place where we can go for the answers or at least some research that will give us a way to make a conclusion. Len Bailey to the rescue. Mr. Bailey has given us a very informative look at ten fascinating Biblical mysteries. And he has given us this look in the persons of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. If you are any fan of Holmes this is the book for you. If you are not a fan the investigations are just superb. In addition to giving us a lot to think about at the back of the book is a whole section: Investigative Study Questions, where Bible verses are given with questions relating to that particular chapter. Have questions? Want answers? This is the book for you.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Sherlock Holmes and the Needle¿s Eye, by Len Bailey was not what

    Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, by Len Bailey was not what I had hoped for. The idea of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes solving Bible based mysteries is a great concept.  I was hoping to be able to learn Biblical truths while enjoying a book filled with mystery and intrigue. Unfortunately, I found the book awkward, the time travel disjointed, and the choice of Biblical stories obscure.  
    The end of the book has study questions; perhaps that would appeal to some readers.  I just don’t think there was enough depth of content to challenge the reader.  
    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Admittedly, I tend to drift toward romance novels, so "Sher

    Admittedly, I tend to drift toward romance novels, so "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye" is not my normal fare. While I wasn't a huge fan of the work simply because of my literacy preferences, this is a well-written, interesting, and engaging work I believe many could enjoy.




    Written as if the author himself is from the age of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - I tip my hat to the author for achieving this voice - the work focuses on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson traveling to several Bible destination via time machine and investigating the related mysteries. Among the mysteries are whether Ahithophel really hung himself, why David took five stones when fighting Goliath, and why Jesus delayed in coming to Lazarus.




    Unless the writing style and/or subject matter simply doesn't interest you, I doubt you will be let down by reading this book.








    Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.

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