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Jezebel's Lament: A Defense of Reputation, a Denouncement of the Prophets Elijah and Elisha (The Epics Collection Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 78 pages
- Publisher : Unparagoned (December 13, 2019)
- Publication Date : December 13, 2019
- File Size : 1931 KB
- ASIN : B07ZNCGYQY
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,434 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So begins another great Abdiel LeRoy deep dive into Biblical history. As a theologian, I can attest that little is known about Jezebel. As a feminist/womanist historian I can’t prove much more.
”I sighed in resignation. I was a bartered commodity, valued only for my beauty and for the alliance of neighboring kingdoms in my body. But that beauty brought power. I sensed it immediately.” We certainly know that is true. Women have been used for millennia as the price for power; forgetting of course, we have a power beyond what is seen by men.
LeRoy sees the rise and fall of Jezebel through 21st-century lenses but, in his own way, points truth to power. He is a gifted muse on his own terms, but give him a story like this one, connected to his love of Elijah... and holy cow what springs forth is amazing!
I cannot recommend this highly enough! Well done! 5/
To begin with, this is the flipside of the biblical story of Elijah – Jezebel’s version of what was going on in her world when the prophet made his appearance in King Ahab’s Israel around 900 B.C. She is telling her side of the story because she feels that she doesn’t deserve the reputation that history gave her. There are two sides to every story.
I listened to this via an Audible audio edition, read by the author himself, and right off the bat; he made me laugh out loud. Truly, Abdiel is a talented writer, and secondly, he sounds great. Not familiar with the specifics of Jezebel’s story? This telling was exciting and eye-opening. The author’s done a lot of research, and if this short reading piques your interest, he tells you some of the sources he used and recommends.
This story is for a mature audience and would be especially useful for when you have a brief period of time to sit and enjoy the whole from start to finish.
I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Here Abdiel offers a new take on Jezebel, noting in the Preface: "We live in an age that is starting to transcend the binary perspectives of good and evil, hero and villain, in our storytelling, that sees nuance where all was previously black and white. We are now showing more interest in the back stories of our villains and 'monsters', trying to understand what drives them, and even taking some responsibility for the social forces that create them."
The tale begins with Jezebel's opening address to the reader in rhyming verse...
"I, Jezebel, a harlot by repute,
Appoint a poet to set the record straight,
Time’s slanderous assertions to refute,
Though this will be three millennia too late!..."
Then the Old-Testament "supervillain" gets into her narrative – Biblically based, but with considerable writer’s freedom that makes the story wholly entertaining.
Read one of Abdiel's books, and more than likely you’ll reach for the others! Grady Harp