Cover image for Judah's wife : a novel of the Maccabees / Angela Hunt.
Judah's wife : a novel of the Maccabees / Angela Hunt.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2018.

Physical Description:
380 pages : map ; 22 cm.
A fictionalized retelling of the Maccabean uprising against Syrian rule.
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Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.

Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.

Author Notes

The author of more than 100 published books and with more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note , The Nativity Story , and Esther: Royal Beauty . Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at

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Library Journal Review

When Leah marries Judah, she believes that her life is finally on the right path and that she is free from the hardship of her childhood. Unfortunately, Antiochus IV, a descendant of one of Alexander the Great's generals, now rules Judea and issues an edict that the Jews must adhere to the laws of Syria or face death. Leah's father-in-law chooses to resist in battle, and when he is fatally wounded, his dying wish is for Judah to continue to fight for the Jewish right to follow the law of Moses. Leah is unhappy with her husband's decision and struggles to understand a God who would foster death and destruction in his wake. VERDICT Hunt's (Egypt's Sister) latest series puts a human face on an a momentous event in ancient history-the Maccabean Revolt of 167-160 BCE-by presenting it from the perspective of Judah's wife. Fans of biblical fiction will be captivated. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.