- File Size: 486 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 7, 2006)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2006
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000PC722C
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Women of the Bible: Jael's Story: A Novel Kindle Edition
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Jael is celebrated in the Song of Deborah in the Book of Judges in chapter five. In Hebrew, Jael means “mountain goat” so it certainly doesn’t sound like a complimentary name but in that culture, that was a symbol of strength and sureness so we can’t read into any meaning from our modern culture. Jael could have easily been included in Hebrews chapter eleven, the so-called Hall of Faith because she was a heroine who snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat in helping Israel defeat a much larger, more experienced, and far superior Canaanite army during the time called “the time of the Judges.” Today, this godly woman, along with the heroine Deborah the Judge, are part of the recorded history of the nation of Israel and hailed as women who courageously obeyed God, even at the risk of their own lives. They were responsible for Israel’s great victory over the Canaanites but ultimately, it was because of God (Judges 4:14-16).
Good stories are not always about moral virtue. Stories that are memorable tend to have within them something which is odd. So maybe this story is in the bible not only because it’s a good story, but it delivers the prophecy as factual. Burton ties the facts together to make a fabulous compilation that is not all fabrication and ties the loose ends together… for me, anyway. I really enjoyed Burton interpretation and illumination on Jael's story and would recommend it to all.
On the whole this was a wonderful book - well-written, engaging, thoroughly enjoyable. I thought it was going to be a 5-star review for it... until I reached the part that actually corresponded with scripture.
Let me be fair and say Burton had reasons for how she wrote the story and her logic was solid enough that I plan to read at least one more of her books before deciding whether she's an author I'll read more of. From her perspective she felt Judges 4 and 5 accounts of Jael were inconsistent. I can understand why she felt that way, but personally - since I believe in the inerrancy of the Word - if I read something that seemed contradictory I would assume there was something *I* was not understanding, not that there was an error in the word. I would have respected her more as a writer if she'd accepted the challenge and found a way to write a story that made BOTH accounts of Jael fit. And personally I think the Judges 4 account of the killing actually fit with the character of Jael as she'd written her.
The other thing that just hit me funky was the whole "spirit of the tigress" bit. As a believer I want only one spirit operating - the HOLY Spirit. I know it's simply a way of speaking that she's using and it didn't make me hate the book by any means, but honestly it did detract for me.
All that said there were MANY details about the book I thoroughly enjoyed! I loved the relationships between the woman, the way Burton painted the scenes, how Jael's heart was drawn to Yahweh-Shalom, the interactions between Jael and Levi... all wonderful! Eager to start on Women of the Bible: Deborah's Story: A Novel: Deborah's Story: A Novel tonight :)