24 February marked the anniversary of the publication of The Moses Scroll. Two years later, I am reflecting on the book’s success.
So many readers worldwide purchased and read the book that it achieved Amazon’s #1 New Release in two non-fiction categories (Religion>Antiquities & Archaeology, and History>Expeditions & Discoveries) and Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in the same categories in November 2022.
Numerous blogs, magazines, and academic journals mentioned The Moses Scroll. Scholars endorsed my work, even some who disagreed with my conclusions.
In the past year, two authors of fiction books based on the Shapira story claimed inspiration for their narratives came from reading my book.
I am a bit overwhelmed and humbled, but I am thankful to my readers most of all. I said in my acknowledgments, “And finally, thanks to all who have chosen to read this book. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering the case I presented in the foregoing pages.” These sentiments remain.
In December 2019, when I was first introduced to the story of Moses Shapira and his sixteen leather strips, I could not have imagined what was before me. Still, as I was preparing to go to print, I could unequivocally say, “The Moses Scroll has been the most stimulating study of my life. I am pleased to share it with you.” Today I can say with the same conviction that my interest in the story has only grown since I typed those words.
If you have not read The Moses Scroll, I encourage you to do so. It is available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions. It is also available from other major booksellers.
If you have read The Moses Scroll and have not yet posted a rating/review on Amazon, please do so. It currently has 109 ratings with an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars and 38 reviews, including four international reviews.
Two years ago, The Moses Scroll reopened the most controversial case in the history of Biblical scholarship. There are still things that I want to say and that need to be said about this subject. The jury, as we say, is still out; the debate is ongoing. You have not heard the last about Moses William Shapira and his sixteen leather strips, and God willing, you have not heard the last from me.