Angela Hunt, curious about the years between the end of the Old Testament and the New Testament, researched the silent years. Her second book in the historical fiction series, Judah’s Wife, tells of the Maccabees’ fight against the enemies of Israel. She tells the story through the eyes of both Leah, the young wife who longs for peace and security, and her husband Judah, the warrior-leader of the Maccabees.
Leah grew up in an abusive home and married Judah to escape violence. When they first marry, Judah’s family leaves Jerusalem to avoid confronting the Gentile invaders and Jews who turn from God. Although Judah’s kindness and gentleness shine in everything he does, Leah fears he’ll change and become like her father.
Judah only fights when he has to. When the Syrian king’s edict reaches even Modein requiring Jews to sacrifice to pagan gods, the Maccabaeus men go to war rather than dishonoring God. After the death of his father, Judah becomes the warrior-leader of the family.
Judah Battles on Two Fronts
Feeling called by God to defend His law, temple, and city, Judah calls on God for help. Even though his soldiers have no military experience, they defeat the enemy every time they meet. Between battles, they go home where Judah faces the increased coldness of Leah. Time and again she begs him to stop fighting and let others lead.
But Judah puts Adonai first, trusting Him to reconcile his role of loving husband and commander of God’s army.
Leah Learns the True Meaning of Love
After losing their baby, Leah fears the worst about Judah, convinced he would beat her. When Judah shows only tenderness, compassion, and love, Leah begins to trust her husband. Her mother-in-law’s wise counsel helps Leah see her mother in a new light. Learning to listen for God’s voice changes Leah forever. Leah and Judah become a team.
What I Liked about Judah’s Wife
I admit I was frustrated with Leah when she refused to understand Judah’s call. But Leah didn’t have a relationship with Adonai and needed to learn about not only her husband’s love but God’s love as well. Her growing reliance on God showed how His love and grace transforms us.
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