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ib a low
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istor ical
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ict ion
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srael
, C
h a r l e s
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Rizpah. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1961. 535 p.;
Crest, 1962. 608 p.
Rizpah was a concubine of King Saul, although she loved one of
his generals. Through Rizpah’s life and adventures we follow closely
the conflicts between King Saul and King David and the Biblical
characters of that period.
* M
a n n
, T
h o m a s
.
Joseph and his brothers. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
1207 p.
This massive tetralogy was first published between the years of
1934 and 1944. The books are
The Tales of Jacob; Young Joseph; Joseph
in Egypt;
and
Joseph the Provider.
Mr. Mann recounts and retells
the Bible stories from Abraham through Joseph, with emphasis on
Jacob, his relations with his wives, and on Joseph, from his childhood
to the end of his life.
N
a t h a n
, R
o ber t
.
Jonah. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. 212 p.
A novel about Jonah, the prophet, who leaves his cave to return
to the city of his birth, where he falls in love with the daughter of a
prince. Because he is poor, Jonah does not win the girl. God restores
Jonah’s faith by placing him in the whale and then saving his life,
and sending him back to his solitary life.
P
a t a i
, I
r e n e
.
The valley of god. New York, Random House, 1956. 351
p .
In this novel about the prophet Hosea, the author focuses on Hosea’s
love for his wife Gomer. At the same time, she attempts to recreate
the age in which Hosea guided his people and preached to them.
* P
a u l
, L
o u is
.
Dara, the Cypriot. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1959; Ace
Books, 1959. 434 p.
Through the eyes of his hero, Mr. Paul depicts the struggles sur-
rounding the Biblical characters of King Ahab, Queen Jezebel and the
prophet Elijah.
* S
c h m it t
, G
l a d y s
.
David,
t h e
king.
N e w Y o r k ,
Dial, 1946. 631
p .
This is a long, complicated account of the life of King David,
which builds on the Bible story but includes many additions and
alterations, with David drawn as a great lover.
Untermeyer, Louis. Moses. New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1928. 387 p.
Taking liberties with the story of Moses and admitting that he has
thrust aside “biographical accuracy,” Mr. Untermeyer writes of Moses
in modern style and tells the tale not only of Moses but of the entire
Exodus.
W
e r f e l
, F
r a n z
.
Hearken unto the voice. New York, Viking Press, 1938.
780 p.
The story of the prophet Jeremiah, a prophet of doom, who walks
among the Hebrews, the Egyptians, Babylonians and other ancient
peoples. He goes into captivity with his own people and tries to bring
“light to the blind souls of his fellows."
THE SECOND COMMONWEALTH
F
a st
, H
ow a r d
.
My glorious brothers. Boston, Little, Brown, 1948. 280
p .
A retelling of the heroism and the achievements of the five Maccabee
brothers, who rebelled against their Syrian-Greek oppressors and brought
religious freedom to the Jewish people. Mr. Fast has recreated an era
and, in effect, has interpreted the Hanukah story and related it to
present times.