Rebekah Redeemedby Dianne G. Sagan
The daughter of a shepherd who saw the Christ child that first night, Rebekah is thrown into a life of servitude. Traded from relative to relative, she suffers through hard labor, neglect, and abuse. What will become of her? No one cares until a kinsman redeemer reveals himself. Can Rebekah forgive the past?
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I highly recommend this novel of biblical history brought to life. The descriptions of the people and their lives tell Rebekah's story with a sweet perspective so that we can understand her trials, hopes and aspirations. Jesus comes alive in our feelings and soul as we travel in Rebekah's world of slavery toward freedom where finally she can experience true joy and peace. This book is a perfect read for middle and adult readers interested in biblical times and Jesus. It is well researched and leaves one knowing more about Jesus' time on earth and those who followed him. I highly recommend it.
The story begins describing the rugged hills of Bethlehem and its inhabitants. Unfolding on a day in the life of Eleazar and his daughter Rebekah. Both have lost someone through death. Eleazar's wife who died in childbirth,Rebekah's mother. When Eleazar also dies trying to fend off a wild beast, six year old Rebekah is sent to live with relatives she never met. Instead of being welcomed with open arms by her mother's family she is enslaved and abused. That is until she meets Lazarus another uncle and his two sisters Mary and Martha. They tell Rebekah of a Nazarene who teaches Peace and Forgiveness. This was the same man she had heard in the Mount of Olives whose voice brought such security to her harsh life.
Finally meeting Jesus, the Nazarene, he teaches her to forgive and ready herself for the kingdom to come. This unleashes a new life for Rebekah and greater understanding of her past life and bright future.
It is excellently written and takes you through the eyes of a child to a young woman. Dianne Sagan takes the reader on a journey that will be remembered!
Rebekah, a six year old shepherd's daughter is left orphaned. The shepherd's take her to live with her mother's brother in Bethany where she is treated or rather mistreated as a slave and definitely not as a family member. She spends her early years working for the family and then is sent to another uncle in Jerusalem though that man does not know that she is his sister's daughter and from there to his son's home where she encounters a Roman legion. Eventually she is redeemed by a man that she didn't know was a relative. During her life she meets Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Jesus, and the disciples. Dianne has done an excellent job of providing visual accounts of the country, the homes, and the way of life. One can imagine being right there with Rebekah experiencing all that she does including her disbelief in Jesus' teachings that God loves us all and looks after us all. Her discription of the Passover meal and how it reflects Rebekah's personal history was excellent. All in all a delightful read.