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The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of Masada that draws from a real archaeological find – the divorce document of a real-life woman named Miriam. The document was issued at Masada in 71 C.E., and discovered in the lower chamber of a Bedouin cave in Wadi Murabba‘at in the Judean Desert in 1951. The story begins on Masada’s final, horrifi ...more
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Published July 2012 by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh that I have read and it was enlightening. The novel weaves a historical find of a divorce document issued at Masada and events in the Jewish history during Roman period with a fictionalized life of Miriam, who apparently really was a woman during that time period that was named on the divorce document. I had no previous knowledge of what happened at Masada or this scroll that was found and knew very little of Jewish history before reading the stor ...more
Thanks to the author and JustRead Publicity Tours for providing a copy of the book for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.

The Scroll by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh takes a direct look at the Jewish side of the story at Masada. Descriptions of places and people are full and detailed, sometimes becoming rather complex and hard to unfold. Historically, I cannot argue with the elements of fact as presented. Ms. Vamosh is the historical scholar, and I will trust her reporting.

As a single woma
Denise  Edmondson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This particular historical style novel would not be my normal style, but I chose out of my comfort zone because the story line seemed interesting and it was. Vamosh did a great job in recreating what can only be described as biblical times. It felt like she brought back to life the hardships and lifestyles of the Jewish community shortly after King Harod's ruling. As I read this story I kept relating it to current Biblical Scripture and it gave me a different or even possibly clearer picture of ...more
Albert McCarn
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is surprising to consider how pervasive the legacy of Rome is on the global culture. Even those nations which never felt Rome’s touch directly still labor under the political, economic, and social order that the Empire bequeathed to its European children. Tales of the Roman era still find a familiar place in our consciousness. Whether one is looking for the real King Arthur in the detritus of post-Roman Britain, reveling in the semi-mythical exploits of Maximus after the death of Marcus Aurel ...more
I was intrigued by this book when it came across my radar. I have enjoyed ancient history and Biblical history. While this book isn't technically Biblical it is ancient with roots if Biblical times. I was completely OK with all of that. However, I struggled with this book. Perhaps, because I was reading it when I had so much else fall unexpected on my plate. Perhaps, because I was limited to reading it on my computer which limited the time I had available to actually read it. There are a lot of ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Masada. It’s the location of a mass suicide in first century Judea. That’s all I knew, and that’s probably only because of a similar event in York, England in 1190. (The location is now a tourist attraction where my father used to work.) I never really took the time to understand or go deeper into why it happened. The Scroll’s opening chapters brought to life the desperation, using the archaeological finds at the ruins and also the works of Josephus as inspiration. Two women supposedly survived ...more
Tuvia Pollack
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! But first of all: DO NOT READ THE SUMMARY ON THIS PAGE. Someone apparently put a full synopsis including all the spoilers. I am glad I tend not to read these summaries at all before I dive into the book, so I could read spoiler free.

The story starts at the last stand at Masada in 73 AD and ends with the end of the Bar Kochba rebellion in the 130s AD. Needless to say, it spans over a number of generations.
As I have written a book taking place in the same area between 67 to 100 AD, and
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Having visited Masada in 2010, I was super excited to read Miriam Feinberg Vamosh's "The Scroll". I'd seen its ruins and was ready to imagine what it was like 2,000 years ago.

The book unfortunately left little to the imagination. I'm realizing more and more that I appreciate the term "less is more" - in romance and in violence. 900-odd Jews committed suicide at Masada rather than subject themselves to slavery under the Romans; I fully appreciate this is a documented historical event and what the
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
With an avid interest in history, and having taken college courses on the Old Testament of the Bible; Judaism and Islam, I foolishly believed I had a fairly good grasp of what is commonly known as ancient history, even biblical history. After reading The Scroll I’ve learned I understand next to nothing of the history of Judaism. It is authors like Miriam Feinburg Vamosh who brings knowledge and understanding through her writings. Renewed understanding of Judaic history will further understand th ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction began by imagining the story behind a cryptic archeological find from the ruins of Masada, that last stand of Jewish zealots after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by Romans. Feinberg Vamosh takes the reader into the 1st and 2nd centuries of this scroll's travels in the hands of its keepers.

This true archeological find--a divorce document, is what prompted the author, a student of ancient Jewish life and practice, into this sensitive tale. She weaves the enigma of th
Stephanie Norton
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The Scroll takes the reader back to 73 AD at the last stand at Masada. You are taken through a number of generations ending at the end of Bar Kochba in the 130 AD. Miriam Feinberg Vamosh takes you into the constant tension between the Jewish people and the Roman government. This was an inspiration to him from the divorce scroll which is an actual archeological found in the 1950s. This tale begins with the failed rebellion against the Roman Empire at Masada and goes through several generations. Y ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Travel back two thousand years and enter the world of oppression and persecution the Jewish people suffered under Rome’s rule.

More than half of The Scroll is told through the eyes of Miriam—a woman whose greatest possession is a divorce document given to her from her husband at Masada and who escaped. The remainder of the book follows the procession of the document through Miriam’s bloodline.

There were several points of view and at times it got a bit confusing where perspective would shift in th
Amanda  H
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Scroll is a wonderful story that gave me the opportunity to learn more about first century Israel. Miriam Feinberg Vamosh was inspired to write this story after coming across a divorce document that was discovered in 1951. The story starts with Miriam, who is divorced by her husband after surviving Masada, and follows the story of her life down through several of her descendants. I thought that Vamosh did a wonderful job of tying the story together and bringing history to life!
I received th
Candy Smith
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won't pretend to be very knowledgeable about this time in history or exactly what exactly conspired in this time period between the Romans and the Jews. All I know is that it was a time of persecution and an Empire trying for hold on to the power it had over the people. I'm very interested in archaeological finds in this area of the world and how it sheds light on the past. So this story was educational and intriguing. One Scroll affects several generations and inspires hope and tells of loss. ...more
Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I found it to be confusing as it changed character perspective within the chapter. The rapid changing of scenes and time made it confusing as well. There were some violent parts in this book. I didn't know about this sad time period of Jewish History before reading this book. It's gives me a better understanding of this troubling time period.

I received this book from the publisher to give my honest review.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-fiction
I found the book riveting. I had just read a book on the archaeology of the 1950’s that discovered the scroll, ‘Bar Kokhba’ by Yigael Yadin that I would strongly recommend as a companion piece to ‘The Scroll’. In the end I felt a little let down as I had hoped to gain some insights in the Bar Kokhba event and I felt the book simply only touched upon this war.

As a story though, the book was a great read and gave a feel for life under the Romans in this period.
Emily Yager
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I loved this book. Written from the Jewish point of view this story takes you into what life was like under the Roman rule. All the historic details make the story feel real without bogging it down with the research. If you like Biblical era books or archeology, you'll enjoy this one.
Lee Franklin
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing story, richly woven with historical insight of the Jewish plight
Mark Woodward
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The author wove an amazing amount of history into a story that felt true--even though it was a creation of fiction that just strung historical events into a possible narrative. From the horrible siege of Masada to a bittersweet ending of hope and endurance, the characters the author created move relentlessly. I loved the Jewish perspective on this period of history, but with the acknowledgement of the early Christians among them.

The only negative thing to watch for is the occ
Hallie Szott
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 na
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