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Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years) Paperback – January 2, 2018
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To Be Silent Would Be to Deny Their God, To Defy Would Bring the Wrath of the King.
Seeking quiet and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she'll have peace. But the very nation Judah was named for has been conquered by a cruel king, who decrees that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws or risk death for following the laws of Moses.
Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands Judah to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of Israel. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?
The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
"In the second title in her Silent Years series, following Egypt's Sister, Hunt continues to breathe new life into our understanding of the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments by telling the story of Leah, the wife of Judah Maccabaeus. . . . Hunt, who has clearly done her research, narrates from both Judah's and Leah's perspectives, and this tale is sure to please Hunt's legion of fans."--Booklist
Praise for Angela Hunt's Silent Years series
"Once again, Hunt demonstrates her stunning mastery of historical biblical literature as she begins her new Silent Years series. . . . This fresh approach brings a faith-based perspective to the tension and complexity of the Intertestamental Period. Rich in history, atmosphere, emotion, and spirituality, Hunt's ambitious series debut is astounding."--Booklist starred review
"The historical detail, depth of characterization, and hopeful outlook of this story will keep readers entertained and inspired."--RT Book Reviews
"Setting her new biblical series half a century before the birth of Christ, Hunt once again vividly brings the ancient world to life."--Library Journal
"Hunt continues to bring the Silent Years, the four hundred years between the end of the Old Testament and the New Testament, to life with historical details and emotional depth worthy of her subject. . . . Readers who enjoy Biblical history will be captivated by this fascinating series."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Hunt's latest series puts a human face on an a momentous event in ancient history--the Maccabean Revolt of 167-160 BCE--by presenting it from the perspective of Judah's wife. Fans of biblical fiction will be captivated."--Library Journal
About the Author
The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
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(If you are interested in more information about how this story fits into the bible: There is some confusion about why the Maccabbee's are in Catholic and Orthodox bibles and not in Protestant Bibles. The Jewish people had two canons: The Canon among the Palestinian Jews (Protocanonical Books), the Hebrew Old Testament, and The Canon among the Alexandrian Jews (Deutero-canonical Books), also known as the ancient Greek Old Testament known as the Septuagint. Scholars generally admit that the Septuagint faithfully represents the O. T. as it was current among the Hellenist or Alexandrian Jews in the age immediately preceding Christ. It is this version of the Old Testament that the Jews and the authors of the New Testament were using. After the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70AD by the Romans, and the increasing growth of the Christians, the Jews decided to go back to the Hebrew Old Testament, (minus the 7 books found in the Greek Version). The Christians continued using it. The canon of the entire Bible was essentially settled around the turn of the fourth century includes the Greek version of the Old Testament. Around this time there were no less than five instances when the canon was formally identified: the Synod of Rome (382), the Council of Hippo (393), the Council of Carthage (397), a letter from Pope Innocent I to Exsuperius, Bishop of Toulouse (405), and the Second Council of Carthage (419). In every instance, the canon was identical to what Catholic Bibles contain today. By the time of the Reformation, Christians had been using the same 73 books in their Bibles (46 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament)--and thus considering them inspired--for more than 1100 years. Martin Luther adopted the Hebrew version rejecting the version used by Jews and Christians in the first century, and what Christians had been using since the time of Christ. He put the 7 books of the Old Testament not found in the Hebrew canon in the appendix. He also put the letter of James, the letter to the Hebrews, the letters of John, and the book of Revelation from the New Testament in an appendix. His followers went along with his changes in the Old Testament, but not the New Testament.)
I liked that Leah's dad did not get the chance to further ruin their lives but I wanted more to become of Leah and her mother. I was certainly intrigued by the wars and by the imagery of degradation of God's laws and His temple. Hunt did an amazing job describing what the silent years could have been like when Israel had no king. Of course, I was saddened when Judah was killed on the battlefield. I wanted them all to live and I wanted the book to end on a happy note but as anyone who believes the Bible knows, the silent years were anything but happy. I liked reading about the love Judah and Leah shared. I recommend this book to others who are tired of predicable endings.