The Deeper Song

Patricia C. Pfitsch; Patricia Curtis Pfitsch

Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN 10: 0689811837 / ISBN 13: 9780689811838
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show no easily noticeable damage. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.5 avg rating
(8 ratings)

Synopsis: "I feel how powerful it would be to open the scroll and "read" from the Words of Yahweh. It might, indeed, bind a people together forever, no matter who was king. But why me, Samuel? I am a woman. They would never accept my work." King Solomon is getting old, and his son, Rehoboam, is not strong enough to hold the kingdom together once his father dies. Some of the priests think that if the stories of Yahweh were written down, rather than told orally, the power of the Word would unite the people forever. Judith, the daughter of a high priest, is a noted storyteller. Chafing under the rules of a society that treats women as less than men, she begins to worship the Goddess, an alternative deity, abhorred by the Priests and the monarch. But after a massacre at the Goddess's temple, Judith vows to write the Words of Yahweh, and to give women a place in the religion that they never have had before. "The Deeper Song" concerns a gifted young woman struggling to be recognized in a patriarchal society and to understand the painful choices made by her mother and other women. It suggests the factors that led to the writing of the Bible and speculates how the oldest parts could have been written by a woman. Patricia Curtis Pfitsch gracefully tells this historical what-if story, full of adventure, romance, drama and hope.

From Booklist: Gr. 8^-10. Judith, the daughter of a high priest working on King Solomon's temple, feels there is no place for her in Yahweh's patriarchal form of Judaism. So at great personal risk, she joins the goddess cult of Asherah. After a massacre at the sacred grove, Judith is discovered, and the servant girl who brought her to the initiation is murdered by order of Judith's father. At the initiation ceremony Judith meets Samuel, a cousin who understands how she feels about being a smart, educated young woman in a society that doesn't know what to do with such a creature. But Samuel has a plan for Judith. Since her greatest talent is storytelling, he wants her to write down the oral tradition of the Jewish people, creating a book that will become Judaism's cornerstone. At first, Judith does not want to do anything to help her father's religion. She comes to see, however, that she has the ability to do what no other scribe can--incorporate the lives and the power of Jewish women into the stories. It is likely that few teens have any knowledge of the biblical war between Judaism and the goddess-cult religions, circa 550 B.C.E., but even without that underpinning, readers will quickly come to understand what is at stake for Judith. She's a strong character, but like Samuel (a caring supportive '90s kind of guy), she has a modernity to her characterization that often fits uncomfortably into the setting. The theory that a woman may have written parts of the Old Testament came to public attention in Harold Bloom's The Book of J (1990), which Pfitsch only credits briefly. After Judith takes on her own role as writer, the book comes to a too-quick conclusion; however, the irony of a woman writing down the sacred stories is well developed and one of the book's strongest points. See the Read-alikes column, opposite page, for more fiction set in biblical times. Ilene Cooper

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Deeper Song
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Pfitsch, Patricia Curtis
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN 10: 0689811837 ISBN 13: 9780689811838
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Robinson Street Books, IOBA
(Binghamton, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0689811837 * Very good in Very good tiny nick to spine panel dust jacket. First Edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Bookseller Inventory # BING764ARM263

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 7.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1998)
ISBN 10: 0689811837 ISBN 13: 9780689811838
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689811837

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1998)
ISBN 10: 0689811837 ISBN 13: 9780689811838
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0689811837

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 17.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1998)
ISBN 10: 0689811837 ISBN 13: 9780689811838
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689811837

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1998)
ISBN 10: 0689811837 ISBN 13: 9780689811838
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Library Binding. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0689811837

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 90.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds