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Until the Day Break: A Novel of the Time of Christ
Until the Day Break A Novel of the Time of Christ Author:Sallie Lee Bell Herod Antipas is ruler who aspires to rule the entire Eastern world. Mara is his slave and his love. Herodias is his wife, furiously jealous of retaining her status as queen of a ruler. Judah is the Jewish follower of John the Baptist who is in love with Mara... and she with him. — Sallie Lee Bell cleverly inserts the story of Mara and Judah i... more »nto Biblical events that show the Messiah's coming and Herod's fall. "Mara" is the woman who washes Jesus' feet with her hair and "Judah" is the madman healed of demonic possession at Decapolis. Riveting and mesmerizing, this story is a must for anyone who loves history explained in fictional plots.« less
This book's "back cover" description is mine so that is half of my review. :-) This story is extremely well-written, making the story of Mara and Judah totally believable while interspersing their lives with the real lives of those mentioned in the Bible. I was just as fascinated with Bell's ability to do this as with the story itself.
Included are facts about life in Herod's household, not at all "romantic" considering these include torture and descriptions of the "games" in an ampitheatre in Tiberius. While not graphically described, they're clear enough for the imagination to understand. Also included are facts about Jewish worship, the temple in Jerusalem, and beliefs between Jews and Romans.
I highly recommend this book; I read it in one evening!