In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Mists of Avalon comes this absorbing historical novel that reimagines the life of one of the Bible's most revered women, the prophetess Deborah, and her epic journey to fulfill her destiny.
Deborah's father dreamed that his daughter would one day become a prophet of the God of the Israelites. But the social and religious mores of her time dictated that a woman must marry—even against her will—and obey her husband. When Deborah is forced into an engagement with the violent son of her local judge, the young Hebrew woman rebels, determined to forge a new path.
Captivated by the notion of transforming herself into a man to escape the arranged marriage and fulfill her father's dream, Deborah embarks upon an epic journey across the desert to find a mysterious elixirist rumored to be blessed with the gift of turning women into men. It is a journey that proves increasingly perilous—filled with wild beasts, lustful men, unscrupulous priests, and warring tribesmen. Yet Deborah discovers that she is not alone; an unlikely coterie of lepers, slaves, Moabite traders, and even a dead tiger come to her aid and defense along the way.
Part traditional biblical fiction, part adventure, Deborah Rising is a captivating tale about the early life of one of the most famous figures from the Old Testament—a woman of courage and spirit whose battle to overcome discrimination, sexism, and paternalism speaks to women's lives today.
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About the Author
Avraham Azrieli is the author of nine fiction and nonfiction works. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thrillers Writers Association, the Historical Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Authors Guild, and other professional societies, and his work has been reviewed by numerous outlets, including Examiner, US Review of Books, New York Daily News, The Jewish Journal, San Francisco Book Review, and more. He lives in Maryland. Visit him online at azrielibooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was a very good book and quick read. I do not care for books that leave you hanging as the story is not complete. It was well written though.
I like the book, but was not happy with the ending. It stopped just when it was getting good.
Being a strong woman I felt very conected with this story. I loved the suspense, the way to drive me into the book and getting involved deep and deep between every page! I really like this author and his creativity way to tell wonderful stories. Still a fan!
What a wonderful book this was and I can not wait for the next installment as I must find out what happens next. This book is so much more than the story of Deborah in the Bible. This is a fleshed out fully energetic, emotional girl and although this is fiction not fact it felt so real in the reading of it. I love Avraham Azrieli's books and this one is no exception. Worth every bit of time to read it.
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (11/2016) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible’ by Avraham Azrieli on Blogcritics. As a lover of biblical stories and religious inspirational fiction, I was happy to check out “Deborah Rising” by Avraham Azrieli. Let me first just say that no story (including my own) has ever hooked me right at the beginning quite like this one. The story begins with the stoning of Deborah’s sister. Deborah is not only forced to witness this atrocity knowing her sister was innocent, she will also leave that horrible event knowing she will be next. Deborah has nowhere to go as her father is also dead and being a girl, she has no rights. Her inheritance will need to be awarded to her future husband, who happens to be the man that just stoned her sister to death. So begins Deborah’s epic survival adventure as a Hebrew girl coming of age in biblical times. The reader will travel with Deborah through her journey in search of a magical elixir that will transform her into a boy, while also living each hardship females had to endure during the times. As a woman, I could relate to her and felt for her. Being raised by old-fashioned Italians, I too wished as a young girl to be a boy and have it easy like my brother! Azrieli is very knowledgeable of the culture, and geography. His female point of view in this story is impressive, as it felt genuine. The character development was spot on, the descriptions of the sites and geography felt real and accurate, the action narration was vivid, involving all the senses within the imageries. Overall, “Deborah Rising” by Avraham Azrieli is a well-written saga of a young Hebrew girl, who wished to be a boy, to escape all of the hardships that women in biblical times had to endure. It’s entertaining, suspenseful, and heart wrenching – definitely a five-star captivating page-turner! Can’t wait for the second book!
As usual , I could not put the book down once I started. It is a captivating story about resilience, and never giving up on your dream. In Biblical times, girls like Deborah were just property to be acquired and cast off when no longer necessary. But Deborah saw a different world, one in where women could lead and could be equal to men. The book covers her flight from an arranged marriage to the beginning of her transformation into a leader of her people. A fast read and compelling page turner. I highly recommend it.