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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent biblical biographical fiction, March 5, 2008
This review is from: The Triumph of Deborah (Paperback)
As her husband of sixteen years Lapidoth dumps her, prophetess Judge Deborah finds strength in knowing her people need her as war with Canaan is imminent. She knows her personal sorrow is minor when she expects mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters to soon be grieving for their men-folk, but Deborah rallies the Jews persuading General Barak to lead the sword-bearers to attack the overwhelmingly superior Canaanites. Shockingly he and his forces win, bringing back two special prisoners, the daughters of the enemy's mightiest king Jabin, legitimate Princess Asherah and illegitimate Princess Nogah. Barak is attracted to both.

In her third women of the Old Testament novelizations (see THE SONG OF HANNAH and THE GARDEN OF RUTH), Eva Etzioni-Halevy provides a powerful comparative tale of predominately two women, Deborah and Asherah. The story line focuses on their relative influence on their respective countries especially Deborah who understands deeply with a sad heart the cost of sending the warriors to war as some will die. With obvious modern day comparisons, readers will appreciate this biblical fictionalized biography as THE TRIUMPH OF DEBORAH vividly brings to life a dedicated strong individual who believes deeply in her cause, but truly comprehends the sacrifices she asks of her people.

Harriet Klausner
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2008 6:20:56 PM PDT
Jill Weiner says:
My favorite aspect of 'The Triumph of Deborah' was how the illegitimate daughter of the Canaanite king, Nogah, was in constant conflict of who her loyalty should be with, her Jewish mother and her people, or her Canaanite father and his people. The situation was depicted so clearly, to the point where the reader felt Nogah's pain when she realized she could never bring those two worlds together. In the end, Nogah's decision to study Hebrew and the scriptures was rational given that her bond with her mother survived slavery and separation in a very fragile and uncertain world. Nogah's other conflict was disobeying her mother's wishes, and sleeping with Barak, the Israelite warrior, even though he was never loyal to any one woman, and even though he only considered her one of his maids and nothing more. She chose Barak above her pride, her mother's advice and all else, as she loved him with no expectation for anything in return. The reader tries to anticipate what Nogah and Deborah's next action would be throughout the book, and the reader is never disappointed with their choices!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2009 3:32:41 PM PDT
Nogah was the lamp light to follow in this novel! Thrilling and sensitive. Eva did a great job with this character. I can't wait for her next novel!

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