Rebekah's Treasure

Rebekah's Treasure

by Sylvia Bambola


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ISBN-13: 9780989970747
Publisher: Heritage Publishing House
Publication date: 01/09/2014
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Bambola is the award winning author of six novels, including Refiner's Fire and Tears in a Bottle. A resident of Florida, she teaches women's Bible studies, has been a guest speaker at Women's Aglow and various church functions, loves gardening, and is currently learning to play the guitar. She has two grown children.

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Rebekah's Treasure 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
An artfully written historical novel about a family torn apart by Jerusalem’s struggle for survival in 70 A.D. Human suffering and spiritual joy are intertwined as the struggle for freedom of religion is pursued. The book was enjoyable and educational at the same time. This is a book I will read again and recommend to my friends.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the historical, romantic fiction novel, Rebekah’s Treasure, written by Sylvia Bambola. I definitely want to read more of the six novels she has authored. This book is written in first person from the perspective of the two main Jewish characters, Ethan and Rebeka who are also Believers in Jesus. The chapters switch between this husband and wife’s thoughts and adventures . Jerusalem is being invaded by the Romans who are destroying everything in sight and killing or capturing all the Jews. The Temple is doomed if the Zealots cannot defeat them. Ethan, being a priest and Zealot, with his four sons is committed to fight until the end. He sends one of his sons to sneak Rebeka and their daughter out of the war torn city to Pella, a city of refuge and safety. Taking few belongings, Rebeka makes sure she is able to take the cup that Jesus drank from during the Last Supper. Ethan stays to fight and defend the Temple against Rebekah’s wishes. He is trusted with a map of the Israelite treasures that have been taken from the Temple and hid around the country and is ordered to escape using hidden tunnels by his commander. The rest of the book is about the adventurers that happen to this couple during these horrible times in Jewish history. Will each be able to stay alive and keep their treasures? Or is there another treasure lurking in the storyline? I love historical fiction! A good novel encourages me to dig into information that is presented in the book along the journey of reading. This book definitely did that! Then, when I reached the end, the author had written a few pages of historical information. This was like icing on the cake! I definitely recommend this novel to anyone. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Rebekah's Treasure, by Sylvia Bambola, is a historical book which tells of the lives of the Jewish people during the times of Jerusalem's fall. When Rebekah and her husband leave the city they each take one valuable thing with them. This story centers around the item Rebekah takes, the cup from the Last Supper. The story tells about the dangers and struggles they each face, plus the characteristics of the cup which make others long after it. I have loved each of the books by Sylvia Bambola. I love how she keeps her characters grounded in God no matter what they are facing. In a big way, this is a challenge for each of the readers, to help us remember to do this also. This book deserves the highest rating I can give it. I would recommend it to everyone. I was given this book by, the author and Heritage Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Rebekah's Treasure by Sylvia Bambola is an amazing historical fiction novel. Readers are introduced to the child Rebekah as she helps her family prepare for the Last Supper with the Messiah and she has to share her cup. The cup is used by Jesus and becomes a treasured item. The story then centers around the fall of Jerusalem some 37 years later. Enter Ethan her beloved husband and her four sons and a daughter. The men are warriors set to fight to the death to protect the Temple and Rebekah and her daughter Esther are sent out of the city to safety. Bambola has given readers a realistic view of the struggles the Jewish people must have gone through during this time in history. The specter of death at every turn, the suffering and loss and the depth of grief are heartrending. The questions that go through the minds of the characters are poignant...Must I choose between honor and my wife? Has Hashem abandoned us? How much more must I lose before it all ends? The cup from the Last Supper has a significant role throughout the story, as people view it as having healing powers. It is sought after by those whose understanding is flawed and do not see that it is faith in the Healer that brings about the miracles. Rebekah's Treasure is a story of family, of honor and love, of knowing that God is the Deliverer, and a story that reminds readers that the true treasure lies within these frail human vessel when indwelt by the Messiah. The author has included in the book a section of her notes regarding the parallels of the past and the future as well as a section of interesting facts, a readers group questions, and a glossary of Greek and Hebrew words. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Rebekah's Treasure is full of rich description and intense struggle. Rebekah and her husband Ethan were children during Christ's ministry. Now it's 70 A.D., their own children are grown, and Jerusalem is under attack. Ethan insists his wife and daughter flee the city while he and his sons stay to defend the city and temple. Rebekah only wants her family to stay together but she reluctantly submits to Ethan's wishes and seeks refuge in Pella among other followers of the Way. The men of the family vow to defend the temple until there is no hope then they are ordered to escape through a secret tunnel to find and distribute hidden temple treasures to the remaining resistance fighters. Combat scenes are vivid and full of emotional turmoil. Each member of the family has to fight to survive and find their true treasure. This book is what I would call deep and heavy, I often stepped away from the story to digest and contemplate. Rebekah's Treasure had a profound impact on me and I encourage anyone who has an interest in this time period and the early church to pick it up. I received this book through The Book Club Network ( in exhange for my honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Rebekah's Treasure is a pretty good read. I enjoyed going back in time to 70 AD Jerusalem. Great details made me feel as if I was right there. Fascinating! 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
What a mesmerizing story centered around the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Rebekah’s Treasure truly is inspiring Biblical Fiction at its finest. The story is told in first person point of view alternating between husband and wife, Ethan and Rebekah. It really is my favorite writing style and Sylvia Bambola excels at it. This is the story of Ethan, Rebekah, and their four sons and one daughter. The children are grown, and the daughter, Esther, has just married, but her groom has not had the chance to prepare their home due to the war ravaged Jerusalem where they live. Ethan and the four sons, Abner, Joseph, Benjamin, and Aaron, are Zealots. Their warrior spirit is impossible not to admire. They insist on Rebekah and Esther leaving the city and seeking safety, while they stay to defend the Temple from the Romans. I loved this story. If you enjoy historical fiction with acts of heroism and bravery, you will adore this book. This is the second novel I’ve read by Bambola, and she does not disappoint. I highly recommend this captivating novel. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Bambola’s latest work takes us to Israel and the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Rebekah—mother of four sons and one daughter—lives in Jerusalem together with her husband, Ethan. When the Romans are nearing and it is getting too dangerous in the city, Ethan sends Rebekah and their daughter, Esther, away to Pella—city of gentiles but with a small gathering of followers of The Way. Ethan and their sons stay behind in the city, hoping to fight off the Romans. What follows next is a journey full of heartache and struggle. Rebekah does not know if she will ever see her husband and sons again. Her daughter is reluctant to leave behind her husband-to-be and falls into depression. Through it all, Rebekah keeps her heart and hope on God and Jesus, the Messiah. When Rebekah was young, Jesus dined at her family's house and he drank from her personal cup. Rebekah has always kept the cup and does not want to part from it. Therefore, she takes it with her on her journey to Pella. The believers of the Way learn of the cup’s existence and want to see it. Shortly thereafter, miracles start to happen. When Rebekah sees that people are putting more trust in the cup than in the Lord Jesus, she tells everyone that it is God who works the miracles. When weeks have gone by and Rebekah and Ester have made their home in Pella, word reaches the believers that Jerusalem has fallen and that the Romans have slaughtered most of its citizens. Only the young and strong were kept alive and taken captive to be sold as slaves or worse. Esther runs away, hoping to find out what has happened to her beloved. But it is dangerous for a woman alone, heading toward the city of Jerusalem where thousands of Roman soldiers are roaming about. Will Esther stay out of the hands of the Romans? And what about Ethan and their sons – are they still alive or have they perished with most of the people of Jerusalem? Rebekah’s Treasure is full of rich historical detail that nicely paints the background for this story. The reader will easily be able to imagine himself in Jerusalem and feel the despair of destruction. Life is harsh and believers are mocked. Miracles happen in answer to faith and prayer. There is also a thread of romance and hope throughout the story. The characters are well developed and the reader will enjoy getting to know them. Although I tend to dislike reading books that are written in the present tense, Bambola did really well and managed to work around the objection to my least favorite writing-style – and that surely is meant as a compliment. I enjoyed the book and I think it is a must read for lovers of biblical fiction!
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved it because it is about a time in history that there are no survivors to ask what really happened. The author's take on the past is a possibility. To think that the cup Jesus drank from was being held by a person and not hidden away really made me think. Especially the cup from The Last Supper. There was so much historical accuracy to this book that I felt like I was drawn into the past. This was not a good time for the followers of Jesus, and I was reminded of his sacrifice's for us. He was not the only one that made sacrifices, and it was nice to read about them. I also really liked the parts about the Copper Scroll. I liked the ending and would love to read more books by this author. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review via Book Review Buzz and the author, however all opinions are my own.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A little girl doesn’t really want to share her precious cup, but the master needs it for his supper with his friends. Years later, Rebekah still treasure’s that cup, from which her Savior drank at his Last Supper. But the world has moved on. Rebekah has married and watched her children grow. Jerusalem is at war, with itself as well as with the Romans. And the dark scenes of history, beautifully researched, are about to pour over her life. So begins Sylvia Bambola’s novel of the early days of Christianity. It’s a gripping tale, filled with believable characters, flaws and all; imbued with honest faith, failings and all; and beautifully told. Rebekah will learn where her true treasure lies, as fate takes all she loves away from her. Her husband and sons will choose who to serve. And the master who serves them all will answer prayer, just not always the way we want him to. Faith and history are complex and real in this story. Deep questions arise with no get-out clauses. Life isn’t simple or clean. Treasure isn’t magic or gold. And war is hard. But love is true. Readers are invited to walk at the side of both Rebekah and Ethan as they seek their way through Jerusalem’s fall, and just maybe find The Way. A lovely novel of Christianity’s first years, Rebekah's Treasure is highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a free copy by the author and asked for my honest review, which I offer here.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers' Favorite Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola is a Christian historical fiction set around the time of 70 A.D. It features a family of seven: father, mother, four sons, and a daughter. The story’s Point-Of-View switches between the mother’s (Rebekah) and the father’s (Ethan), and that way you can cover more historically than with just one POV, but aren’t confused by too many POVs. Ethan and his sons stay in Jerusalem to defend it against the Romans, while Rebekah and her daughter go to Pella for safety. And so the adventure ensues! Treasure hunting, siege and famine, miracles, idolatry and ravaging, Zealots, Christians, Jews, Romans, fictional and historical figures – they all meet in this page-flipping work. I enjoyed reading Rebekah’s Treasure from the start. It reminded me of G.A. Henty’s work, For The Temple, but more novel/female oriented than battle/guy oriented. I brushed up on a lot of facts and events around the fall of the temple, and felt that Sylvia Bambola put me in the times. I appreciated finding out about the different characters and how they interacted with others and what drove them. I didn’t always care for how different characters treated each other (speaking rudely, grabbing and slapping, rebellious and resentful), but I guess that’s what you get in a fallen world. I felt the ending wasn’t quite resolved. But other than those things, I relished reading it and thought about it all the time until I was able to continue reading it. A fascinating read.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 " ''This can't be it,' I repeat.   'It can be no other, Mama,' Aaron says.  His soft beard is caked with the dust of the road, his face blistered from the sun.  His eyes, ever on the lookout for danger, squint into the expanse.  Esther leans wearily against the donkey and laughs. 'Were you expecting a Hasmonaean palace?' " Rebekah's Treasure is a delightful read!!!   It is quite moving to read of a family who knew the Messiah and drank from the same cup as He did.   While fictional liberty has been taken to add to the story, facts are kept true.  Rebekah finds her own treasures and they are far more important than a cup.   Yet the cup is deemed more important to some shady characters and creates conflict for Rebekah and her family.   5 ***** I received a free kindle version of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  
ShelleyRC More than 1 year ago
Rebekah's Treasure was one of my most favorite books. I loved the way Sylvia took me back in time to 70 AD and let me experience the challenges this family went through. I saw Rebekah as a very strong Christian woman that treated everyone with respect. Her courage and faith put me in my place many times. I hated to see the book come to an end.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It takes a different twist in what happened several years here on earth after Jesus returns to the Father. Very interesting. The book opens with Rebekah and her sister preparing for the last supper (although they don't know it's the last supper). They don't have enough cups for everyone so Rebekah has to share her precious cup. She only wants Jesus to drink out of it and she has to figure out where he might sit. Years later she still has the cup, and yes, Jesus did drink out of it and she treasures this item. As battle breaks out in Jerusalem Rebekah and her daughter leave their family behind and flee the city with the cup. When they find their new home Rebekah shares the cup with other believers and people begin to experience healing. Yet Rebekah's own cries for healing in her daughter's life seem to go unanswered. Meanwhile, Ethan, Rebekah's husband and sons are fighting for their lives and are given their own treasure to guard. How will this family be reunited? And will the cup end up causing more trouble than good? Will the people make it an idol and worship the creation more than the Creator? To find out you will have to read the book for yourself :) There's not a dull moment in this book, you'll be flipping pages too see what happens next. A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.