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Salome Alexandre ruled in Judea for nine years. Her journey to the throne wasn’t an easy one, nor was it one sought. Yet, she was put into place for such a time as this. She became Jerusalem’s Queen, this is her fictionalized story.
Two women tell this story. Kissa, an Egyptian salve and Shelamzion, also known as Salome Alexandra. We meet them as little girls age 11 and 6. Two girls that form a fast friendship despite their differences in station.
Through the experiences of these two girls we are brought into the world of slavery, and into the world of power. We see the searching heart of the future queen as she searches out the truth of God. The skepticism of the slave opening doors to questions about God. Together they learn.
Is it all true? It’s a fictionalized account, there are things we can’t know for certain, and to that end, the author provides her notes. In them she speaks to how similarity in names cause confusion in histories. How divergent histories can be combined to satisfy both. I really appreciate when authors take the time to do this.
I read Jerusalem’s Queen over the course of three days. Angela Hunt writes a compelling story, one that draws you in and helps you see both the strength and weakness of the women. Study questions at the close help you to dig into story, exploring further the thoughts presented.
Ms. Hunt often writes stories based around a biblical character, but the Silent Years series involves people from the Inter-testimental period. Queen Alexandra was one of two queens of Judea, and so we learn of her life and abilities. Well-written and ever so helpful in understanding this time period.
Should you read it? I think so, if only for the history. But seriously, the story was good, the characters real, the evil and the good readily apparent, and the questions of faith asked.
Series: The silent years
352 pages, trade paperback
historical fiction, Israel, Biblical fiction,
Queen Alexandra, Judea
Reviewed for Nuts about Books