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Book Review: Judah’s Wife

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Oh my goodness it has been a long time since I wrote here. Nevertheless, here I go again. I originally started this blog to share some of my favorite books. Around the time I turned ten it became hard for me to find good, quality books, so now when I do, I would love to share them with others who might face similar challenges.

One of the most recent books that I’ve read is Judah’s Wife by Angela Elwell Hunt. This book follows Leah, the daughter of a merchant in Jerusalem, in her marriage to Judah Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias (from 1 Maccabees in the Apocrypha). Leah grew up with an abusive father, so she is grateful to be able to leave with Judah, but at the same time she struggles believing that he truly isn’t going to hurt her, especially when her father-in-law Mattathias begins a war on the Gentiles overtaking and persecuting Jews. Her fears put a pressure on their marriage, and she must learn how to love and be loved.

Things I liked about this book:

  • The time period. I had never read anything written about the Silent Years or the Apocrypha. It was fascinating reading about the challenges they faced, and how the Jews responded to Greek rule.
  • The questions it posed to readers. There were several instances where characters had to choose between obeying God or obeying the Greeks, at the consequence of death if they were found out. It really challenged me to think about that and what I would do in the situation.


Things I didn’t love:

  • The story of Judah’s family was told through the perspective of his marriage with Leah. While this was such an interesting perspective, I feel like they didn’t address their relationship enough in the end. They had their ups and downs in the beginning, but after the climax of their relationship you hardly see them interact at all, which I found odd that the times they were supposed to be the closest, we didn’t see it.
  • The ending. It was based off of the actual occurrences of 1 Maccabees, so there was only so much that Hunt could do for her ending, but it was still sad.

Overall it was an interesting read, telling the story of ancient Jews from a new perspective. I would recommend for older readers since it does follow their marriage closely, though without giving details.


I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchanged for my unbiased review.

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