City of Refuge

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City of Refuge, May 1, 2008 - Fiction - 393 pages
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This breathtaking novel, set in the early years of Israelite nationhood, tells the story of Bat-Shachar, a teenage girl gifted with beauty and intellect, who is languishing in the household of her strict father, a prominent Israelite scholar. Intimidated by Bat-Shachar's coming of age, her father grows aloof. He scrutinizes her every action and his discipline is humiliating and heavy-handed, driving her from home. In the company of the family's Canaanite maidservant, Bat-Shachar happens upon pagan rituals and the visions she witnesses shake her to the core of her existence. Soon her path intertwines with that of Tzuriel, a young metalworking apprentice who witnessed his people butchered by marauders, and together they race towards a city of refuge as bloodthirsty enemies pursue them relentlessly.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
30
Section 4
45
Section 5
65
Section 6
77
Section 7
93
Section 8
102
Section 14
196
Section 15
215
Section 16
231
Section 17
244
Section 18
255
Section 19
275
Section 20
306
Section 21
342

Section 9
110
Section 10
132
Section 11
152
Section 12
168
Section 13
179
Section 22
367
Section 23
373
Section 24
393
Section 25
xi
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About the author (2008)

Valerie Farberholds bachelor's and master's degrees of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She wroteCity of Refuge, the first of a planned series of biblical historical novels, during her daily bus commute to work. Born in Massachusetts, she now lives in Hashmonaim, Israel.

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