The Jezebel Letters

By Eleanor Ferris Beach
(Fortress Press, Hardcover, 9780800637545, 236pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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This exciting volume joins such volumes as Theissen's The Shadow of the Gallilean in combining first-rate biblical scholarship with a fictionalized first-person account of a biblical character. Presented as a "recently discovered" cache of documents from the ninth century BCE, The Jezebel Letters draws the reader into an assassination conspiracy supported by the era's most notorious biblical character, Queen Jezebel. Her letters and memoirs, interwoven with the sometimes conflicting contemporary accounts of the Bible and ancient Near Eastern documents, re-create the century's religious, political, military, and economic developments in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. But these public aspects, which have traditionally been described in terms of their male actors, are told here from the perspective of a royal woman. Generously illustrated with line drawings, The Jezebel Letters is solidly based on historical research, archaeological excavation, and familiarity with the region's geography and material culture.
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