Anna Siviter, by weaving the rich tapestry of the ancient Persian court as a backdrop for the story of Artaxerxes' noble cup bearer, allows us to grasp the deep significance of Nehemiah's devotion to God, to Jerusalem and to his people.
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This well-researched book brings life to the story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to Artexerxes, king of Persia. When his brother, Hanani, brings word that the walls of Jerusalem are broken down, Nehemiah leads a large group of Hebrews across the desert to rebuild them. Meanwhile, Adna, Nehemiah's servant, grieves the loss of his love, Lydia. Only days before, she leaped from the parapet of the palace, choosing death rather than joining the harem of the king. Can Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jeruselem before the evil Sanballat stops him? Is love really as strong as death? Find out in "Within the Palace Gates."
The theme of this book is to show how ancient Persians lived. It is a good description of the story in the Bible of Nehemiah. It shows how court life in ancient Persia could be complicated and even dangerous. The moral lesson could be to stand up for your beliefs, no matter what. There are two main characters in this book. At first Hanani seems to be the main character, then the focus shifts to Nehemiah (also called Nehe). Supporting characters include Hanani's wife and two children, Hanani and Nehemiah's mother, King Artaxerxes, Lydia, and Adna. Also included in the book are some unscrupulous characters whom I won't name. There really isn't a good excerpt to show the time setting, but the book is set in ancient Persia. "...Susa, city of lilies, home and capital to the great king, Artaxerxes Longimanus." The latter excerpt is a fitting description of the geographic setting in the begining of the story. King Artaxerxes is the current king in this book. The...
i am looking for the author of this book? Is it the one by Anna Siviter? If so, the book is an excellent source of info on the Persian culture and very interesting reading. It is recommended for history buffs of all ages, especially teens because of the action. Is this the one?
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