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Tirzah
     

Tirzah

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by Lucille Travis
 

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Tirzah's people, the Israelites, have been in slavery to the Egyptians for many years. Tirzah and her lame brother, Oren, help gather straw to make bricks. She observes the suffering of her people and the injustices that are done to them by the Egyptian police. Moses begs Pharaoh to let them go, but Pharaoh makes them work harder.

One night, when the plague of

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Tirzah's people, the Israelites, have been in slavery to the Egyptians for many years. Tirzah and her lame brother, Oren, help gather straw to make bricks. She observes the suffering of her people and the injustices that are done to them by the Egyptian police. Moses begs Pharaoh to let them go, but Pharaoh makes them work harder.

One night, when the plague of death strikes down Pharaoh's own son, he allows the Israelites to flee on foot, only to pursue them with horses and chariots. He believes he will have them trapped between the mountains and the sea, but God miraculously delivers them. The Israelites celebrate with a song of hope and victory. Tirzah befriends a young Egyptian girl who has fled with them, even though others treat her badly. In spite of hardship and disappointment, Tirzah and her family keep trusting Yahweh to carry them through.

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ISBN-13:
9780836197709
Publisher:
MennoMedia
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
704,065
File size:
732 KB

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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Tirzah, her lame younger brother Oren, her older brother Ram, and their parents, father Jeraheel and mother Leah, are Israelite slaves in Egypt. As the book opens, there have been eight plagues and the Hebrews are now beginning to make their final preparations to leave Egypt. Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and even Miriam figure prominently in the plot. However, there are some among the Israelites who do not trust Moses. Among them is Tirzah's uncle Shobal, her mother's brother, who is influencing her brother Ram, although Shobal's own son Abishur is quite confident in Moses's leadership. And Tirzah's best friend Abihail has eyes for Abishur. Oren wants his Egyptian tutor Paser to come with them, but Paser says that he is too old to leave. However, Paser's niece Merrie is among the Egyptians who leave with the Israelites. Ram is falling in love with her, but she is looked upon with great suspicion by many of the Hebrews. Then, as the Israelites make their way through the desert, there are some who begin to long for Egypt, to complain, and even to rebel. What will happen to them? Tirzah is a great Bible-oriented historical novel for young people. While there is much fictionalization of characters, the events of the book are based on accounts in Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The story follows Tirzah, her family, and the Hebrew people in general from the Passover, through the Exodus, the Red Sea, the journey to Mt. Sinai, the Ten Commandments, and the golden calf, to the time of the twelve spies at Kadesh-Barnea. Author Lucille Travis does a good job of weaving the narrative about Tirzah, her friends, and her relatives in the Biblical record in a harmonious way. In addition, the important concepts of trust in God and the consequences of disobedience to the Lord are well illustrated. While there is certainly some sadness in the book, it ends on a hopeful note. By the way, another of Tirzah's uncles, her father's brother, is Caleb, one of the two faithful spies. Travis has also written Timna, a juvenile chapter book about the wife of Shem, son of Noah, and her fears and struggles with belief in God while floating in the Ark for forty days and nights.