I really enjoy reading history and novels based on historical events. Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola did not disappoint. Ms. Bambola took a great deal of time to research the events happening in Jerusalem and its surrounding towns in 70 A.D. The preparation for battle and the battle scenes during the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple were intensely descriptive and although violent, definitely necessary to understanding the story. (The picture to the left is stones from the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (Jerusalem) thrown onto the street by Roman soldiers on the Ninth of Av, 70 A.D.-from Wikipedia photos.)
As the story is developed and the characters come to life the reader is taken into the 1st Century. Believer’s are trying to flee the city and the persecution they are experiencing at the hands of Rome. Rebekah is carrying the Cup of the Last Supper and her husband, Ethan, is charged with guarding and using the treasures of the Temple. Their journey’s include caravan robbers, lack of food and water, intrigue and mystery.
In weaving the story there is a constant thread of Family Values. There is great concern as to the safety and well-being of each member. The artifacts that are being transported to new locations remain simply things while the family relationships and friendships provide the cement that holds the story together.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It is refreshing, accurate, and believable. If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, just click on the picture and it will take you to the author’s blog. (I receive no compensation from the author for suggesting that you purchase the book.)