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This breathtaking novel, set in the early years of Israelite nationhood, tells the story of Bat-Shachar, a teenage girl gifted with beauty and intellect, who is languishing in the household of her strict father, a prominent Israelite scholar. Intimidated by Bat-Shachar’s coming of age, her father grows aloof. He scrutinizes her every action and his discipline is humiliating and heavy-handed, driving her from home. In the company of the family’s Canaanite maidservant, Bat-Shachar happens upon pagan rituals and the visions she witnesses shake her to the core of her existence. Soon her path intertwines with that of Tzuriel, a young metalworking apprentice who witnessed his people butchered by marauders, and together they race toward a city of refuge as bloodthirsty enemies relentlessly pursue them.
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Valerie Farber holds bachelor's and master's degrees of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She wrote City of Refuge, the first of a planned series of biblical historical novels, during her daily bus commute to work. Born in Massachusetts, she now lives in Hashmonaim, Israel.Review:
"Valerie Farber has penned a work that is astounding from a scholarly viewpoint and literarily beautiful. City of Refuge transports readers to an ancient and breathtakingly authentic world." —Dr. Mike Simpson, author, The Lazarus Project
"A wondrous journey into the Biblical past with historical depth, substance, and style. Not since Michener's The Source have I been so transported to another time and place and so engrossed in the drama of others." —Rabbi Jacob Rubenstien, rabbi of Young Israel of Scarsdale, NY, and past president of the Rabbinical Council of America
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Book Description U.S.A.: Inkwell Enterprises, 2008. Soft cover. Condition: New. 5650 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 1424