Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Rebekah" by Jill Eileen Smith

This book follows the story of Rebekah, the wife of Isaac in Genesis of the Bible.  The book had a good pace to it, and it help my attention.  Some parts held my attention more than others, but--overall--I enjoyed the book.  There were some things in the book I did not think were super accurate, but Smith covered her bases.  At the end of the book, she had a note about how she may not have everything 100% correct since Genesis gives only a little bit of information to go off of.  So, at least she admits she took literary freedom when writing the story.  Also, I wished there was some mention of YHWH.  Adonay is used, and, in one part of the book, it is confused with "the Name," which isn't super accurate.  Adonay is just a title that means Lord and is not G-d's Name.  That aside, what I really enjoyed about this book was how it weaved emotion and family drama into the Biblical account.  When Rebekah marries Isaac, she learns of his binding that forever changed his life and strained his parents' relationship.  We also get a lot of cultural aspects in the book that make it more believable--as if you are in the Middle East thousands of years ago.  You feel transported to another world.  For Rebekah, we see through her eyes are a foreign king dotes over her when Isaac claims she is just his sister.  I could go on, but, long story short, this book covers WAY more than just the story of Rebekah drawing water for Isaac's servant.  It covers a broad range of Bible history, with characters thrown in.  I hope Smith writes a book about Rachel or Leah.

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