The Captive from Judea
A short Novel of the Ancient Roman World
by Ory H. Kale
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Pub Date 30 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 02 Sep 2022
There is nothing left to live for...
Or so Shlomzion thought after losing her family during the siege of Jerusalem and then being sold as a slave.
Marcia, a lady from Caesarea, buys the captive of Judea when she recognizes the leather pouch hanging around her neck. It reminds her of the first time Marcia met her in Jerusalem before the destruction when she made a pilgrimage to fulfill her mother's vow.
However, life in Caesarea is not easy for Shlomzion as Marcea's husband is a rude man and her friends are drunken Roman soldiers. But when their lives are in danger, they are forced to leave everything behind and embark on a new path.
In this lovely short story, Ory Kale shows how two brave young women in Roman-occupied Judea don't give up despite the loss.
Average rating from 8 members
Remarkably, this very short read tells a weighty parable. In Caesarea, Judea, Shlomzion, a slave about to be sold to the Romans, is bought by Miriam, a wealthy Jewish woman forced by her convert husband to live as Marcia, a gentile. The two women had known each other as young observant Jewish girls. Twenty years later, while Marcia lived in luxury, her life was empty and cold. The slave, Shlomzion, however, despite suffering horrific abuse and the death of her family, was never without hope because she had the freedom to be a Jew.
This a story that could inspire debate among young teenagers or tweens, of any religion, who at that age often grapple with the question “what is freedom?”
In exchange for an honest review I received an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley.
I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoy learning about historical times and about what happened in those times.
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