Queen of the Jews

Queen of the Jews

by Judy Petsonk


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Queen of the Jews by Judy Petsonk

Queen Salome Alexandra ruled ancient Judea in the turbulent century before the birth of Jesus. She led troops, introduced universal education, expanded the rights of women, and brought healing to a nation torn apart by a civil war between the Pharisees and Sadducees. Vividly evoking scenes of ancient Jerusalem, Judy Petsonk's novel brings to life the queen's stormy relationship with her husband--and her love for the people who called her Shalom-Zion: the peace of Zion.

""A gripping, fun read . . . Judy Petsonk's sexy heroine, Queen Salome Alexandra, possesses the brains, hutzpah, and vision to save Israel not only from its many enemies but also from its own conflicted nature. A marvelous window into a neglected and little-known chapter of Jewish history.""
--Ellen Frankel, former Editor in Chief of the Jewish Publication Society
""A whirlwind blend of palace intrigue, bitter rivalries and shifting loyalties circa 100 B.C. in Judea's Hasmonean dynasty . . . a romp of a novel, particularly for fans of Jewish history and culture.""
--Kirkus Reviews
Queen Salome Alexandra was ""an important, yet overlooked Jewish-leader . . . a model, especially for women, and for all who seek insight and inspiration.""
--Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute

Judy Petsonk is the author of Taking Judaism Personally; Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life, and the co-author, with Jim Remsen, of The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470160937
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Judy Petsonk has written two non-fiction books: The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians (William Morrow/Quill)(co-author Jim Remsen), and Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster). She has spoken at libraries, synagogues, Jewish centers, and Jewish book fairs throughout the U.S. She is the mother of two young adults and had previous lives as a newspaper reporter and an English teacher.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although written as a fiction novel, it has a lot of true history intertwined into it. It makes you feel like you are right there with Queen Salome as she is telling her story, feeling all her happiness, sadness, frustration & triumphs. Highly recommended!