Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra

Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra

by Angela Hunt


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Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Moonglotexas 6 months ago
Anticipating a romanticised version of a time when Jerusalem has a queen…one of whom I have never heard…Jerusalem’s Queen by Angela Hunt was a surprise! It is a phenomenally accurate historical journey through a very difficult time in lives of the Jews. Written from a first-person perspective, the story begins by switching between a young Jewish girl Salome Alexandra and an Egyptian slave girl, Kissa and follows their journey and friendship into old age. It’s a horrible time to be living in and, if you are a sensitive reader like me, the slaughter of humans and animals alike is traumatic! Focused on the generations of Jews when the Bible is silent, the history was unfamiliar to me as were the characters and I enjoyed learning about them in the novel and then, digging deeper into the facts behind it. Salome Alexandra is an amazing queen of Judah and lives and rules just a few years before Jesus arrives in the world! If you love historical, biographical fiction, this one’s for you! It is the third in a series but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by starting on this one. Whilst I won’t be reading more in this line (I can’t read with my eyes closed), I have to give it a four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale as the writing is fantastic and the story moving and enlightening!
KMarkovich 8 months ago
I had no idea Jerusalem had a ruling-in-her-own-right queen, ever! But they did – Queen Salome Alexandra, shortly before the time of Christ. Salome begins life as the beloved daughter of her father, and the tolerated daughter of her mother. Yet, through a series of unusual events, eventually becomes Queen of Jerusalem. Her father is her first teacher, teaching her to read. Her uncle gets her tutors to learn other things, but then she learns to love HaShem (God) and stays totally devoted to Him, through all the ups and downs of her life. At times, I really felt so sorry for her! I really enjoyed this book as the author tells a story of a true, historical person, fleshing out the known facts with what could have been and human nature. The author also weaves in Jewish history and traditions. I appreciate her doing all the research so I could enjoy learning in a more pleasurable, easy to read manner! At the end of the book she even tells which things are historical and which are fictional! Great author, enjoyable book and totally worth the read! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Beautiful enriching story. So much more than what you can find in Wikipedia! A very well written story of Salome Alexandria, based more on the writing of Josephus. The characters come to life and illuminate a time a generation before our Messiah. It helps so much to envision this part of the old testament and history. Told in first person through the eyes if Salome and her servant who came from Egypt. Salome doesn't think she is good enough compared to her sister, but God knows she will change lives and be remembered throughout time. Excellent teaching of the Jewish civilization. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. #JerusalemsQueen #NetGalley
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed books by Angela Hunt and this is no exception. She did a wonderful job of portraying this queen. This is a fictionalized version of history. I asked to read and review this book through Netgalley and was given an advanced reader's ebook to do so. Even though it was not fully edited, There were so few errors, I'm not even sure there were any at all. It was very well done. The story was well researched and the characters were totally believable. The story flowed well and left me wanting more but not feeling like it was ended too soon. I recommend this book and give it 5 stars out of 5. If you like clean, Biblical, Christian books you will enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerusalem's Queen By Angela Hunt This book follows Salome Alexandra through her life in Hasmonean dynasty Israel from Salome’s poor and broken childhood to becoming queen of Jerusalem. During Salome’s life, she had to use discernment to judge what she believed. I have so many Bibles and biblical resources telling me about my faith. Salome, however, was required to find her faith in a whole different manner. Hunt tells the story of Salome falling in love with God so well. I really enjoyed this read and would recommend checking this book out. For more check out my full review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
caribougirl More than 1 year ago
Angela Hunt never fails to deliver a well-written, well-researched piece of work that makes you feel like you are IN the story. This book was no different. One thing that I love about historical fiction (and particularly biblical historical fiction) is that it brings that time-frame to life for me and allows me to learn more about a time and culture in a way that is also entertaining. I've really enjoyed this series so far, that takes place in the "silent years" between the old and new testaments. Though this is book 3 is the series, you really don't need to read the other 2 first. The first 2 books actually did not connect at all, and this book referenced both of them... however, the references were detailed enough that you still get the gist without the prior history. In this book, we follow the life of Salome Alexandra, who lived in Judea during these silent years. She was actually born in Modein, where the Maccabees had lived, but moved to Jerusalem while she was young. It was there that her thirst for learning was recognized and appreciated, and she grew up under the guardianship of the high priest. Since the exile, Judea had not had a king and so the high priest served a dual role. I loved Salome's way of analyzing the politics and religious practices from up close and how it trained her to eventually be queen. This book is a fictional account of her life - how she came to be in a position of power 1 generation before Christ was born, and how she managed to be a righteous leader in a time when there was bloodshed and chaos. While this is fiction, a lot of the story is rooted in fact, and I love that Ms. Hunt offers up what pieces are factual and which ones are fictional in her author's note at the end. Suffice it to say that in spite of the leaders before her and after, Salome Alexandra was known as a righteous ruler in Judea and her time in leadership was described as "Judea's Golden Age". As a student of the scripture who has not read the aprocryphal books or other materials from this time-frame, I found this story utterly fascinating. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my ecopy of this book. I was not under any obligation to write a review and the opinions contained herein are my own.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
This entire series has been an enjoyable read and learning about this time period I admittedly know very little about was interesting. The story coming from the very different perspectives of Salome Alexandria and her Egyptian handmaid Kissa allowed for a more well rounded view of the events of this Queen's life. I would call this a slow burn as the majority of the story is spent during Salome's younger years in the house of her uncle John Hyrcanus, an interesting man himself. Hunt did a wonderful job researching this story and that really shines through. I'm so glad that the author and publisher decided there was one more story that needed to be told in this series and will be looking forward to reading about life in the court of King Herod! I would recommend this entire series for those looking for a good Biblical fiction read. *I received a copy of this book from netgalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. These opinions are my own.