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Wisdom's Daughter: A Novel of Solomon and Sheba Hardcover – September 23, 2004
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Like her previous novel, Queenmaker (2002), Edghill's latest fictionalization of an Old Testament story will appeal to the Red Tent crowd, both for its emphasis on the role of women in ancient Israel and for the author's ability to bring history to life. Edghill transforms a didactic fable, the story of King Solomon and his brief interaction with the Queen of Sheba, into a powerful love story of a man and the queen who won his heart. Rotating among multiple narrators-- including several of Solomon's 40 wives; his daughter Baalit; Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba; Solomon's war general; and Solomon himself--Edghill tells the story of why Bilqis came to King David's City and why Solomon lavished her with gifts and eventually gave her his daughter. Leisurely paced and focused on the wisdom of Solomon and the burdens of his reign, this atmospheric story is packed with political intrigue, illuminating the curious mixture of cultures and religions among the women of Solomon's court. Jennifer Baker
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This continues,the story of Queen Michal making her the puppet master of two reigns ,while continuing her role as victim..
AND forget any hope of worshipping the One True God , He is not portrayed well in either book.
Wisdom's Daughter is told through the points of view of various characters: King Solomon, Bilquis, the Queen of Sheba and Baalit, Solomon's daughter are the most defined, with understandable virtues and faults.
The narrative offers new interpretations of well-known Bible stories: Michal's relationship with King David, Abishag's role after her servitude to King David, the sad fates of Absalom, Tamar and Amnon, and of course, the famed visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon.
While the story developed into a gripping tale, I get distracted by some errors a good editor would have caught: typos such as "Hat" for "Ilat" and "bow" for "how," and the wrong use of sayings such as "familiarity breeds content."
I have been reading Wisdom's Daughter and then took a break to watch the movie, "The Bible - Solomon" which led me back to the Bible, I Kings and Song of Songs, to see what we really know about what happened. Some I found and some I think must be creative license, which is understandable because what we know is limited and would make a very short story.
The thing I really like about this book is that it tells the story first from the point of view of one party and then another, bringing some 'creative' insight.
Never again will I read about Solomon without thinking of all those wives and the looks on their faces as he brings in still another wife they will have to share him with.