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Miriam realistically struggles with the feeling that God disapproves of or has abandoned her. At times, these emotions take over, but she is still able to communicate Yahweh's love and faithfulness to others, especially her nephew Eleazar and his intended, Taliah. Neither are eager to believe in Yahweh. Taliah has grown up as an outcast because although a Hebrew, she was taken into the Egyptian harem. Eleazar has felt the sting of his parents' rejection and gone through so many trials, he sees God as a vindictive and petty Being. Both these characters must go on an arduous spiritual journey to find the truth. The journey is well-written and gratifying. I especially found myself identifying with the intellectual Taliah.
Mesu remains true to the Scriptural account of the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, while giving readers realistic details and peeks into psyches that the Bible doesn't offer. She also fleshes out characters who are only names to many Bible readers. I'm going to investigate her other books soon and invite you to do so as well. I also hope for a third or even fourth Treasures of the Nile story.
I loved everything about this book. The scenery was very vivid and the characters came to life. I had always wondered about Moses' time in Pharaoh's family because very little is mentioned in the Bible. This accounting helped see why he would kill an Egyptian like it was nothing. Miriam was definitely my favorite character. I can't read to read the installment about her.
Here are just a few things I did not like about the book:
(though minor enough I was able to overlook and read through...) were the explanations of the Egyptian terms.
Through reading, you gather an "idea" of what most of the terms were, but on many of the words I still wasn't exactly sure what they meant. It would have been helpful to use the Egyptian terminology only after giving a quick explanation of what they meant (& perhaps even how to pronounce them).
Like I said, a minor thing, so I was able to move forward in the reading, understanding the context they were used in & not allow that to be a huge "hangup".
Another tough thing for me to overcome was the transitions that took place from year to years. I won't take time to explain it, but it was just a bit odd, "Annipe was sad that Tut was no longer around. 5 years later...." There wasn't much meat to parts I thought there should be, and almost too much meat to things I felt didn't need it. Now those are entirely my personal opinion and I realize others may not feel the same. We all enjoy different things about books in regards to descriptions & personality traits that get developed.
And the last thing that was a bit of a negative (& really, only a bit) was the author looked like she was developing a climactic aspect; leading you on to think something more sinister was about to happen. Then you read for a few chapters & it seemed like that "climax" or "ominous character" was never developed. Perhaps I thought other circumstances were supposed to happen & was expecting too much. Perhaps others will feel the same after they read it & think there should have been more to the story.
Overall, these little things were VERY minor. Not enough to deter me from recommending it to people.
I have always loved the story of Moses and how he was raised as an Egyptian yet was Hebrew by birth. The author did a great job at portraying the idolatry of the Egyptian gods and how those gods were always so impersonal. I liked how the main character, Annipe, continually struggled with what she was ingrained to believe (that Pharoah was a God and other gods are responsible for various happenings in her life) and what she learned from the Hebrews about El Shaddai; ultimately putting her faith in thee one true God!!
If you love historical fiction, the stories of the Bible or Egyptian lore, you will enjoy this book.
A long read, but a good one.
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Excellent use of the Bible's historical account. Inspiring. Well written and brought out scriptures I had never seen before.