Today, if you tragically kill someone by accident, you are usually given an opportunity to propose a plea bargain and lighten your punishment. In biblical times, though, you didn’t have the luxury of plea bargaining. According to biblical law, if you killed a person by accident, you had to run to a haven, or city of refuge. Otherwise the victim’s relatives had license to pursue and kill you.
City of Refuge, the first in a planned series of biblical historical novels by Valerie Farber, tells the story of two youths in ancient Israel, Bat-Shachar and Tzuriel. Bat-Shachar, a teenaged girl who lives under the strict discipline of her father, a prominent scholar, often flees home from her father’s temper. She is exposed to pagan rituals and visions that shake her to her core. Her story is intertwined with that of Tzuriel, a metalworking apprentice. After agonizing over the slaughter of his people by marauders, Tzuriel infiltrates enemy territory to acquire forbidden skills for crafting iron weapons. He faces an accidental tragedy and must flee to the established city of refuge. The paths of the teenagers cross as both are expelled from their tribal villages and race toward the haven pursued by vengeful enemies.
An ancient adventure novel for biblical enthusiasts and avid readers, City of Refuge draws heavily from detailed research of biblical sources and ancient crafts and technologies, enabling the reader to experience the Bible as a live book. Farber presents an untold story, full of real characters whose frame of reference, fears, beliefs and motivations are all rooted in the Bible.
Wow, I wouldn't have liked to have lived in those times. What about you? Have your say in the comments!
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