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The Gates of Zion (Zion Chronicles #1)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  3,070 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Out of the Ashes of the Holocaust, a Magnificent Novel of Indomitable Courage and Hope Ellie, a young American photojournalist, finds herself in the Jerusalem of 1947. She unwittingly becomes a p
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published 1986)
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This book was like reading a "B" movie. Some books can seamlessly blend historical fiction, romance, adventure, suspense, cultural issues--this is not one of them. The closest is comes to fulfilling any of these would be historical fiction. The characters are generally stereotypical and shallow, the premis is grossly biased, and I have to balk at any theme that makes one race of people 'the bad guy'; it takes a subject that is complex, historical, and sensitive and reduces it to the cognitive le ...more
This book covers an interesting and often overlooked piece of history, the establishment of Israel for the Jewish people after World War II. Unfortunately, the characters failed to draw me in or make me care about them. The women are so beautiful it is difficult for the men to decide which one they love, and the women suffer similarly because both men are handsome and courageous. The dialog is unrealistic and at times cringeworthy. As others have pointed out, the "bad guys" are all ignorant and ...more
The reason I chose 5 stars was because this series usually I walk past, but on a friends recommendation I picked up the first book. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book. So much that I bought the entire series in a nice collection. I loved the History and the fact that the characters and the events are actual events and real people that lived in these most trying times of faith and perseverance. I loved the fact that this book brought this History to life for me about the creation of th ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Kimbolimbo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: read-in-2008
I wasn't so sure I was going to like this book. It was a book club selection so I was coerced into reading it. I was greatly surprised to find it very interesting and enjoyable. I don't think I will read the rest of the series, but I am glad I read this one. I liked that I learned about an event in history that I never-ever thought about before, the partition of Israel and Palestine or rather the creation of modern day Israel soon after the holocaust (definitely biased towards the Jews and Chris ...more
Erin Sullivan
A little slow to start, but picks up and then you can't put it down.
My favorite line from the book is "Would she have ever known that God's love was bigger than heartache?"
What a powerful and precious thought!
Linda Bridges
It is 1947 and Palestine has just been partitioned by the UN, thereby creating the new nation of Israel. But it is not to be peaceful beginning as the Arab population fights to keep what they see as being theirs and as the Jewish survivors of the Nazi death camps begin arriving to take what they believe is rightfully theirs. Ellie Warne, an American photo-journalist in Palestine working alongside her archaeologist uncle Howard, is caught up in the frenzy as her relationship with Moshe, a member ...more
The Gates of Zion begins in 1947 Jerusalem with Ellie Warne, a young American photo journalist who meets with a Bedouin man hoping to sell what seem to be ancient Hebrew scrolls. Unfortunately her uncle is away at an archaeological dig, and she is not able to pay the huge price that the Bedouin wants for his scrolls. She photographs the scrolls, unwittingly setting her on a journey of danger, adventure, and heart ache.
The story shares the struggle, hope, and heart ache surrounding the Jewish peo
This is the type of book that really makes you think. This time period is very popular with historical authors, but this is the first I have seen about the response of WW2 in the Middle East especially Jerusalem and Palestine.

This novel tells the story of Ellie and her Uncle Howard who is an archeologist. Ellie is an aspiring photographer and is working for the University photographing the artifacts unearthed by her Uncle. She is involved with Moshe who is archeologist by day and a Jewish fighte
This book takes you through the period in time known as the Palestine Partition 1947-1948. It is through the eyes of a few characters that the story is heard each with their own motives, dreams, fears and effects of the partition. While it does touch at times on the actual history, it more deals with the fictional lives of the main characters. Some of them are Jewish, but some are not. The plot, however, is the same for all. A series book this is the 1st.

Very well-written and researched book. I
2.5 stars. Decently researched and of a subject matter that I love, but cliche-riddled with a bit of a disney ending (an animal sidekick saves the day). The character Rachael, in particular, could have used more character development. The extra .5 stars is for one scene where Moshe talks about the history between the Jewish people and the Christian church, which I really liked.

For a post-WWII, establishment of the state of Israel book, I would recommend Leon Uris' Exodus.
Kimber Lybbert
I can't put a finger on it, but for some reason this book wasn't compelling. I stopped and started it over a six month period, and I usually read books in one or two sittings if at all possible. I kept going because I wanted to know the end... maybe? I found myself skimming.

I think it reminded me too much of the Nancy Drew type fiction of my youth: I don't care what sweater set the main character is wearing, thank you.
Michelle Welch
A historical fiction novel filled with truth. I loved every second of this book. Set in 1947, we learn the story of Ellie Warne and how she came to love the Jewish people. She learns to trust her heart even in the midst of incredible pain. You won't be able to set this book down. These two authors are fantastic writers who weave the story and the truth into a blend of perfect reading.
My High school English teacher recommended the Thoenes to us, but I never got around to reading them then. I recently opened The Gates of Zion and could not put it down. As a history lover, I appreciate their approach to being as historically accurate as possible. I walked away with more understanding of Israel's struggle for a nation. As a reader, I loved the plot; full of suspense, action, intrigue, and some romance for good measure. For me, any historical fiction that makes me want to study o ...more
Payton Goltiao
I think this book was an excellent book to read if your looking for a book that is in a time span of the holocaust and world war 2. This book has a lot of amazing sequences, but it is sort of confusing when it is an adult book. So, if you are a above-grade-level or an adult I highly persuade you to try this book chronicles. The thing about this book is that some of the book is a bit boring at times, but those parts are the parts where you get all bored, then something violent or suspensful happ ...more
Carol Erhardt
Glad I Found this Series

After reading The Left Behind Series, I decided this would be the next series I read. I'm not disappointed. I've always wondered about the bitter hatred in Jerusalem and Palestine and what divided the areas. This book reveals all through characters I came t o love. Can't wait for the next ttc book.
Why does this book deserve four stars?

The dialogue between the characters and the many uber cheese ball scenes made me chuckle in disbelief and at some points shake my head in disdain, but I couldn't help but really really like it.

It must be because of the history that she is writing about - the events surrounding the Partition of Palestine. Interesting stuff.

I read this book right after high school and read it mostly for the characters and not the history. This time I enjoyed learning about a l
Have had this book for years and finally got around to reading it. Loved it far more that I thought it would. Didn't realise it was also an historical novel.
I enjoyed reading this book, but had the same problem with it that I do with most Christian literature - I get distracted from the story by the author's attempts to preach the Christian message. That, and the fact that all of the main characters convert to Christianity, and the paths they take seem like contrived devices for them to reach that end. The writing wasn't strong enough for me to feel like these were natural parts of the story. And most of the characters were very stereotypical.

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Mar 18, 2010 Cinda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the birth of the nation of Israel.
Recommended to Cinda by: Sid Clark
This book reminds me of Leon Uris' "Exodus": a gentile woman falls in love with a Jewish man heavily involved in the establishment of a Jewish nation; they face danger and injustice together. The British are portrayed in a very bad light--which is totally justified as far as I know--and the leaders of the Arab masses as no more than thugs and murderers. The view is very one-sided: the Jews are all saints and the British and Arabs are all devils. (The Americans are clueless.) The characterization ...more
Keri (JD)
I read this during High School... I don't remember much about it other than it being basic Christian historical novel propaganda.
I read this series 20 years ago and decided to read it again! Love the history and rich characters.
This is the first book in the he Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene. This series takes place in Jerusalem after WWII and during the Jewish fight for an independent homeland, as well as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the part they played in creating a Jewish homeland. Good characters, with some overlap from the Zion Covenant series. I find it fascinating to read about how the prophecies for a Jewish homeland were fulfilled. While these books are fiction, based on actual major event ...more
Dezaree Ryon
It's interesting to read this again after so many years and having read so much YA. It's thick with description and exposition and if I could change one thing it would be that - a little less description and a little more if the exposition being handled through dialog. But the characters still emerge from those dense paragraphs and are easy to connect to. This book, is perhaps the most difficult to reread because so much of it is spent waiting for everything to come together. But I still really ...more
This is a historical fiction novel based on the formation of the Jewish nation, Israel, right after WWII. Good explanation of the tension between the Jews and the Arabs. Also, good explanation of the Jewish view of God's promise to rebuild the nation of Israel before the Messiah comes. Really enjoyed this book. First of a series. Christian author but it wasn't full of "christianese" and wasn't predictable (like a lot of Christian novels). Looking forward to reading the next one. Couldn't put thi ...more
I read this book over 10 years ago but as this is the 50th anniversary of Israel becoming a country this month, it's always good to go back and reread the entire Zion series. I'm fully aware that these books are heavily slanted towards the Jewish point of view and I'm sure there have been ways that I've neglected the full truth of the situation due to these compelling novels. Still, before Bodie Thoene, I knew nothing about Israel so I'm grateful for the chance to have my eyes opened. Check out ...more
In this story the author takes the reader back to the events that transpired after the United Nation split Palestine into two separate nations, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs. Through the fictional characters the author weaves historical events into their lives bringing to life what happened during the month after the declaration. I love these types of books that bring history to life through believable characters and with events/people that actually lived.
A friend recommended this book and I gave it a try and loved it. It's set in 1947 when the UN divides Jerusalem. A young American photojournalist is there helping her uncle who's an archilogist and she becomes the eyes of the world as she sends her photo to Life magazine for the world to see the hatred toward the Jews and the awful things that are done to them. There is enough of a side story to make all the facts interesting. I will read the next installment.
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BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. These best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday E
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Zion Chronicles (5 books)
  • A Daughter of Zion (Zion Chronicles #2)
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