17 February 2013

Quickie Book Review: "Rebekah" ("Wives of the Patriarchs," No. 2) by Jill Eileen Smith

Synopsis: We all know the Biblical account of Isaac and Rebekah, but there's a lot of details that God's Word doesn't mention. Why did Rebekah help Esau trick Isaac into blessing him instead of his firstborn, Jacob? What was Rebekah's life like before she met Isaac? Did Isaac ever tell his wife of the time where he was nearly killed as part of a sacrifice? Author Jill Eileen Smith draws back the curtain, and shares an account of the private life of the woman whose name meant "noose."

Review: Though this Biblical historical novel was mildly entertaining, it really wasn't anything special.  If you've never read a novel that takes place during Bible times before, I would suggest starting with the Thoenes' A. D. Chronicles or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion trilogy.  They're better than Rebekah, even though it isn't terrible; it's just middle-of-the-road fare.

Content Concerns: Discussion of breastfeeding babies, death, and violence.

Score: 2.5/5

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