Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra

Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra

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 dist...

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Title:Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra
Author:Angela Elwell Hunt
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Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra Reviews

  • Jeanie

    Such a rich historical account of Jerusalem's Queen, Salome Alexandra. I knew nothing of her but in the end of my reading and the help of Angela Hunt, I felt a strong connection. Not that I am anything like this strong righteous woman but I desire what she had. Hunt takes actual accounts and weaves a compelling story of Salome and what drove her. God's glory and integrity.

    With the death of her sister and father, Salome and her mother find redemption in her father's brother. Salome's mother grieves deeply for the loss of her other daughter and the expense of Salome. Theirs is a troubling relationship, that only brings pain to Salome but a resolve to know her God.

    Hunt takes two women's point of view from very different backgrounds. One a believer and one a slave. I found it interesting and compelling that young slave woman Kissa that was given to Salome when she entered her uncles home who became her best friend and confidant. It is the relationship one a slave and one free that gives the plot contrast but also shows the gospel that we are slaved to sin and the affect of sin no matter what are status.

    With the help of Salome's uncle and his confidence in her ability, she becomes betrothed to her uncle's youngest son. It is this relationship and her study of the scriptures where the reader is given a deeper understanding of the anticipation of Jesus and what is arrival means for Israel. Freedom and redemption. It is for us as well. Totally loved this one.

  • Emily Yager

    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.

  • Rosevine Cottage Girls

    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!

  • Erin Laramore

    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.

  • Lori

    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

  • Elizabeth

    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.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    I’m conflicted over this novel. On the one hand, as a history-lover, I felt it had a lot going for it. It was well researched, it brought to life a period of history that was hitherto unknown to me, and it gave me a protagonist who was anticipating the promised Messiah. I love fiction that explores how God’s faithful viewed and interpreted Scripture prior to the New Testament period, and have found this “Silent Years” series all the more interesting for dealing with a period of time not covered

    I’m conflicted over this novel. On the one hand, as a history-lover, I felt it had a lot going for it. It was well researched, it brought to life a period of history that was hitherto unknown to me, and it gave me a protagonist who was anticipating the promised Messiah. I love fiction that explores how God’s faithful viewed and interpreted Scripture prior to the New Testament period, and have found this “Silent Years” series all the more interesting for dealing with a period of time not covered in Scripture.

    And yet, as a story-lover, I found it somewhat dissatisfying. I had a teacher at school who was known for the unsympathetic mantra “Life’s tough, then you die,” and that felt a little too true in Salome’s case. In all fairness, Angela Hunt didn’t have a lot to work with. Salome married a guy thirteen years younger than her who was nothing to write home about. (Well, maybe he was, but not in a good way!) In fact, with the exception of Salome’s servant Kissa (who is an invention of the author, as far as I can make out), there was virtually no one in Salome’s life who did not cause her grief. Not even her children were an exception, much as she loved them.

    Even so, I think I could have endured all of that if there had felt like more of a payoff at the end. Instead, her actual reign as queen is summarised in the short epilogue, so it felt a little like I was cut off right at the moment when I was finally about to share in her achievements. And just when it seemed like she might find some personal joy in her life, she denied herself for reasons I didn’t totally understand—apart from the fact that it would have been altering history to have it happen.

    So I guess my recommendation is to consider what you’re looking for when you pick this book up. If it’s a close-up of this period of history, go for it. As a story, however, you may find it less satisfying.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Amy

    Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra is book three from The Silent Years series. I thought Salome's story was fascinating. I enjoyed the author's ability to transport a reader back in time to Jerusalem. I found this to be intriguing and held my attention throughout.

    I give Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra three and a half stars. I would love to go back to read the other from The Silent Years series. I recommend this one.

    I received this book from the publisher, but was no

    Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra is book three from The Silent Years series. I thought Salome's story was fascinating. I enjoyed the author's ability to transport a reader back in time to Jerusalem. I found this to be intriguing and held my attention throughout.

    I give Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra three and a half stars. I would love to go back to read the other from The Silent Years series. I recommend this one.

    I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  • Laura Henderson

    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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