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Prophet of Israel Perfect Paperback – August 22, 2008

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Since the tender age of seven, Timothy Wilkinson has been a writer of fictions. An avid sailor and a teacher of history and literature, author of volumes of poetry and plays for screen and stage, he spends his days in the rainless grey of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula with his wife, Chelsey. The Eternal Throne Chronicles is the fruit of nearly a decade of re-writes, abandoned drafts and a cavalcade of research.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com; First edition (August 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435754786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435754782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,218,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of the most insightful publication I've ever read about what it would be like to live in the Biblical times circa the era of Israelite prophets Eli, his apostate sons and the downfall of the Tabernacle of God by the Philistines.
Prophet of Israel is probably the best example of creative non-fiction I've ever read. The author writes his tale largely from the viewpoint of young Samuel, a boy whose previously barren mother promised in prayer that if she were to give birth she would dedicate the child's life to service at the Temple. Personally, I appreciate the author's take on what it would feel like to be left by his parents at the tender age of 3, to live amongst adults serving at the temple.
Warrior heros and evil villians entralled me, the gruesome images of war realistic, and the fast-moving past held me captive until the very end.
I look forward to reading the second installment of the Eternal Throne Chronicles.
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This book presents biblical history in a completely new way! It reads like a fantasy-adventure novel, but is packed with details about the Bronze Age and what life was like for people living then. Huge battles, larger-than-life heroes, near-mythic creatures, a race of giants, and the dark reality of Canaanite magic all come to life in a dramatic way. (You will love the battle against the aurochs!) It starts a little bit slow, but fairly quickly draws you into the worlds of the 12-year old boy Samuel and the warrior-prince Manoah of the tribe of Dan. Vivid descriptions of ancient Isrealite worship and of the people living during this time will have you turning to your Bible again and again saying "I never knew that..."

The story has a great human element as well, portraying the anguish of a barren woman and her husband during a time when having children was the most important thing for every couple. It also helped me realize how Samuel must have been affected by being given up by his mother when he was only 3 years old, and growing up in a place ruled over by corrupt priests.

The appendices are great reading in and of themselves, giving explanations for some of the more controversial decisions the author has made and showing the incredible amount of research he has done to make this story realistic and historically accurate. Probably the most interesting is the essay that shows that King David and his life are the real basis for the stories of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.

I highly recommend this book, and I eagerly await the sequel.
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This book did a great job of fleshing out the details of life in ancient Israel, from its religious aspects to its hand-to-hand warfare. The author created sympathetic characters dealing with extreme situations of religious and moral corruption, cultural bias, racism, oppressive power systems, gender issues, and sadomasochism.

This story hearkens to a different legacy than is popularly conjured of the Hebrew scriptures - allowing the characters of the time to be fiercely heroic while at the same time vulnerable, and ultimately more human than mythic.

I recommend this story to anyone interested in historical fiction, the origins of mythical legends (King Arthur for example), and Jewish history.
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If you're at all interested in the stories of the Old Testament or historical fiction in any measure, I would suggest this book.

It took a part of the Bible I was only familiar with and enriched my understanding of the story, the time period, and the reasons it is important. All of this with many of the same elements you'd perhaps see in a fantasy novel (giants, mystical weapons, etc.), but also with a level of historical clarity that is a testament to the authors years of study on the subject.

I also appreciated the supplementary material in the back, the most interesting of which is a comparison of King Arthur stories and their similarities to those of Samuel through David.

All in all, I'd give Prophet Of Israel a 4/5.
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This novel was thoroughly engaging. A little slow getting started but about 3 or four chapters into it and I found it one of those books impossible to put down. It gives one an accurate portrayal of Bible times but even more, Samuel comes alive as a real person. It covers his life as a young child through the capture of the Ark. One gains an intense spiritual comprehension of the contrasts between worship of the one true God, versus pagan deities. But it doesn't stop there - one gains insight into the problems of the Israelites also, problems all very similar to what one experiences in churches today. The author is skillful at involving your emotions and one becomes wrapped up with Samuel's devotion to God. I found reading it a spiritually inspiring experience and felt like the book itself was an act of worship by the author. It demands a sequel!
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