Jerusalem's Queen (The Silent Years, #3)
Born in the small village of Modein, a town made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. But when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged.When her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, she questions HaShem's plan. When Hyrcanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian's sanity. But though Salome spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world.

Jerusalem's Queen (The Silent Years, #3) Details

TitleJerusalem's Queen (The Silent Years, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219344
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Fiction

Jerusalem's Queen (The Silent Years, #3) Review

  • Rosevine Cottage Girls
    January 1, 1970
    This book was really amazing! It made me hunger and thirst for more of the story, but more importantly more of His word. I'd never heard of this strong godly woman before and I am a bible reader. She falls on the scene in the silent period between the old and new testament. She was in the Hasmonean family - that of the Maccabees. I am drawn to her. She is strong in her faith and continues even when those around her that hold all the power don't, she continues to seek out God and his will and wor This book was really amazing! It made me hunger and thirst for more of the story, but more importantly more of His word. I'd never heard of this strong godly woman before and I am a bible reader. She falls on the scene in the silent period between the old and new testament. She was in the Hasmonean family - that of the Maccabees. I am drawn to her. She is strong in her faith and continues even when those around her that hold all the power don't, she continues to seek out God and his will and word. Her faith and devotion to her God and her people truly changed the world around her. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 wonderf 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.
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  • Laura Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    What an inspiring read! While i have not heard this part in history before I was vastly amazed and want to research this some more. It showed me how highly underrated this woman can be and through God found the courage she needed! She was such a strong woman!
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  • Emily Yager
    January 1, 1970
    I was really drawn into this book. Having not heard of Salome Alexandra before, made this even more interesting. She was a strong biblical era woman that is unrated to be sure, and it's a shame more people don't know about her. It shows how Salome discovers and grows in her faith in God, it is very inspiring. Though this is a work of fiction, it is very well researched and well written. It you love Biblical era - type books, this is a must read.I received an advanced copy from the publisher via I was really drawn into this book. Having not heard of Salome Alexandra before, made this even more interesting. She was a strong biblical era woman that is unrated to be sure, and it's a shame more people don't know about her. It shows how Salome discovers and grows in her faith in God, it is very inspiring. Though this is a work of fiction, it is very well researched and well written. It you love Biblical era - type books, this is a must read.I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley. A review was not required by appreciated.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    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 testament 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.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    As the silent years continue, an unlikely leader emerges to guide the Jewish nation.Salome Alexandra has spent all of her six years of life in the small town of Modein. But when her father and sister are killed in an accident, she and her mother’s lives are on the brink of change. A distant relative from Jerusalem has come to claim them to live in his house. He is the son of the high priest and they will have a good life. As the time draws near for them to come to Jerusalem, the high priest and As the silent years continue, an unlikely leader emerges to guide the Jewish nation.Salome Alexandra has spent all of her six years of life in the small town of Modein. But when her father and sister are killed in an accident, she and her mother’s lives are on the brink of change. A distant relative from Jerusalem has come to claim them to live in his house. He is the son of the high priest and they will have a good life. As the time draws near for them to come to Jerusalem, the high priest and two of his sons are murdered and the relative that claimed them has now become high priest. When they arrive in Jerusalem, Salome begins to get educated and is given a personal attendant. These two women, slave and free, begin to realize they are merely pawns in a man’s game and neither are truly free. But God works in mysterious ways and Salome was always told that she had a purpose in life for which God had set her aside.I think my favorite part of reading historical fiction by Angela Hunt is that she picks characters that I know nothing about and gives me a history lesson. She makes me go research the characters so that I can compare sources I can find against her work and I love it. I love the research she does to make these past figures come back to life and I love the research she makes me to do learn more about it. This book was no exception. I had not heard of Salome Alexandra before, but I know about her now. Told between viewpoints of Salome and her attendant Kissa, this story unfolds tragedy, growth, forgiveness, and purpose.I recommend this book to historical fiction lovers, biblical fiction lovers, and people who enjoy Hunt’s work!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Angela Hunt novel I have read and I must say I am very impressed. I have never heard of this Queen before. I love how the author has brought her to life.I loved how the author portrayed Salome. Salome in my book is a strong, courageous, and selfless queen.It's a shame how her mother treates her. Kind of reminds me of my husband's family the way him mom treats him. She's put all of her lock, stock and barrel into the youngest son and look where that got her. Makes me sad. In a w This is the first Angela Hunt novel I have read and I must say I am very impressed. I have never heard of this Queen before. I love how the author has brought her to life.I loved how the author portrayed Salome. Salome in my book is a strong, courageous, and selfless queen.It's a shame how her mother treates her. Kind of reminds me of my husband's family the way him mom treats him. She's put all of her lock, stock and barrel into the youngest son and look where that got her. Makes me sad. In a way, I'm glad I had only the one son even though I would've loved all my children the same.I wanted to smack Shipporah just because of that.There were places in the book that I thought the author concentrated on too long but otherwise I thought it was a fantastic book and I even learned some new things through the author's little research descriptions at the end of the book.I did skip over the battle parts because I thought they were a little gory.I strongly recommend this book to ppl who want to learn something new and who wants to follow the Messiah and yes He is mentioned in this story as well. I was happy to read about it!!! I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and in no way received no compensations. All opinions are my own
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I never miss a book by Angela Hunt, and this series set within the intertestamental period has fascinated and educated me. I had never heard of Salome Alexander prior to reading this novel, and Hunt's expert research brings her to life. Historical fact intertwines with compelling fiction resulting in a can't-put-down tale of the years prior to the birth of Christ. Hunt expertly portrays the harsh realities of this ancient time while simultaneously displaying the timeless struggles of human heart I never miss a book by Angela Hunt, and this series set within the intertestamental period has fascinated and educated me. I had never heard of Salome Alexander prior to reading this novel, and Hunt's expert research brings her to life. Historical fact intertwines with compelling fiction resulting in a can't-put-down tale of the years prior to the birth of Christ. Hunt expertly portrays the harsh realities of this ancient time while simultaneously displaying the timeless struggles of human heart. The turmoil within families resulting from the quest for power is heart-wrenching, and Salome's dedication to God in the midst of opposing forces encouraged and inspired me. This novel reminds the reader that while God may not have spoken through his prophets during the so-called silent years, he was not absent, fulfilling his purpose. Don't miss this dynamic book and series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishing and NetGalley. 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.”
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  • Robin Willson
    January 1, 1970
    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 l 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
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  • Kella
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Jerusalem’s Queen is so soooo good, ya’ll!! Angela Hunt knows how to bring characters to life, and this story breath history in a well paced, intriguing plot. Having missed the first two books in The Silent Years series, I found that didn’t matter while reading this book., but I am adding the rest of this series to my TBR list so I can catch up on what happened earlier in the series! 🙂 If you love faith-based, historical novels that feature strong leading woman, well, Jerusalem’s Queen need Wow. Jerusalem’s Queen is so soooo good, ya’ll!! Angela Hunt knows how to bring characters to life, and this story breath history in a well paced, intriguing plot. Having missed the first two books in The Silent Years series, I found that didn’t matter while reading this book., but I am adding the rest of this series to my TBR list so I can catch up on what happened earlier in the series! 🙂 If you love faith-based, historical novels that feature strong leading woman, well, Jerusalem’s Queen needs to be on your must read list!I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Angela Hunt's books never fail to captivate and Jerusalem's Queen was no exception. She wove an intriguing tale of royalty and Israel's history that held my interest from start to finish. However, as with most of her books, I didn't connect with any of the characters which was a major let-down for me. However, other fans of Biblical fiction might well love this book - it just wasn't my favorite.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 wonderf 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.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Jerusalem's QueenThis is the third book in The Silent Years series. I am loving and learning so much from these books! This one is about Salome, who I had never heard of. There is lots of palace intrigue which I love. Salome was a great character. I loved how wise she was, and she had such a heart for her people. This is also a story about friendship. Salome's servant plays a big part in her life. It's also romance free which was nice.I received this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review Jerusalem's QueenThis is the third book in The Silent Years series. I am loving and learning so much from these books! This one is about Salome, who I had never heard of. There is lots of palace intrigue which I love. Salome was a great character. I loved how wise she was, and she had such a heart for her people. This is also a story about friendship. Salome's servant plays a big part in her life. It's also romance free which was nice.I received this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    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 m 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.
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  • Susan Graves
    January 1, 1970
    I'll admit I was nervous about this book as I have never read any of Angela Hunt's novels but I am so glad that I not only started this book but continued on and finished it. Not that finishing it was hard because shortly after I started I could not put this book down. What a delight to read this novel! The scenery was painted so vividly and the character development was strong that I felt like I knew them. This book is one of those rare gems that when you finish it you wish you hadn't because y I'll admit I was nervous about this book as I have never read any of Angela Hunt's novels but I am so glad that I not only started this book but continued on and finished it. Not that finishing it was hard because shortly after I started I could not put this book down. What a delight to read this novel! The scenery was painted so vividly and the character development was strong that I felt like I knew them. This book is one of those rare gems that when you finish it you wish you hadn't because you start to miss the people inside the book. If you are looking for a fast paced Christian historical fiction novel this one is for you!
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  • Kate Campos
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy for review through the publisher via Booklist.
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Jerusalem's Queen By Angela HuntThis 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 rea Jerusalem's Queen By Angela HuntThis 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.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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