From the Christian Fiction: Biblical section

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Wives of the Patriarchs

by Jill Eileen Smith


Price: £8.99
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:April 2012
Keeping close to the Bible story but with an added chunk of imagination and a dollop of the Ďhighly likelyí, the author has produced a very believable version of Sarai and Abramís longing for a child, Saraiís struggle to believe Godís promise to her husband and all that befalls them when they obey Godís command to leave their wealthy home in Ur and seek the promised land.
As with Jill Smithís previous books, you come to know, in a new way, the many characters; their father Terah, Lot and his wife, Hagar, Eliezer and others. You enter into their emotions, you feel for them as they react to each other and their surroundings, and of course we know the end of their story. We know that Sarah as God renames her, bearís a son in her old age, impossible except for God. No wonder she had given up hope and offered her servant to father Abramís child. You sense the trauma of this in the Bible story, here the whole tale is told in more detail and for me, bringing greater understanding

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Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew   (24/05/12)
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