- File Size: 553 KB
- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publication Date: September 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CG1VYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,654,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Salome's Conversion Kindle Edition
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American authors do not know what it is to live in an occupied country. They always seem to side with the Romans, who were actually ruthless and cruel oppressors, and the biggest slave drivers in the history of mankind. No Jewish girl would get romantically involved with a Roman, she would be rejected by her own people, maybe even murdered. Besides,Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry till after they were dismissed from the army. Moreover, Herod Antipas did not employ Roman soldiers, he had his own army, and his soldiers would join the Roman army as auxiliaries if needed. Roman soldiers had no business in Galilee, which, unlike Jerusalem, was Herod's territory.
Salome's dance is traditionally seen as erotic, but in this book it is turned it into something sadistic, which would not have been appropriate for a party. A party at which Herodias could not have been present, for men and women partied separately in those days. Moreover, at 14, Salome would never have been regarded a child. The minimum age for marrying in 1st century Judea was 12.5yrs, which was the age when children became adults and were responsible for their actions.
The use of red print I found annoying, and I just skipped over those parts in the end. If I want to read the bible I know where to go.
So is this a historical novel? I do not consider it so, it is an unlikely story of a royal (not imperial, please) girl and a Roman soldier, who, between them, are present at every major event in the NT. It is told well, but with a strong modern day western mind set, and, I am sorry to say so, not enough research. I like to learn something when I read a historical novel, so when I read a tale set in 1st century Israel, I do not expect to read about fur lined coats, harem pants (or any pants actually), or thatched roofs, etc, and I certainly would not expect to see the Dome of the Rock.
This honest review is from the Kindle edition, which I purchased.