Sunday, March 29, 2015
KEEPERS OF THE COVENANT (The Restoration Chronicles #2) By Lynn Austin
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Reviewed By WC
Rating: 4 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
About the Book: The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple--but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges...this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.
Predictability has its own savor. The outcome of this entertaining Christian novel is obvious from the beginning, but the predictability enhances this tale of Jewish captivity in Babylon in the 5th and 6th centuries.
The Persian takeover of the Babylonians opens a window of opportunity for the Jewish captives to return to Jerusalem. Through the benevolence of King Cyrus, 40,000 Jews under the leadership of Zerubbabel return to rebuild the temple.
However, many remnants remained in Babylon, and this is their story. Led by the priest Ezra, who initially shuns his calling to lead the Jews, this time to establish their homeland, they once again begin the long journey, encouraged by the prophets Haggai and Zachariah.
There are an abundance of leading characters, each with his own strengths and weaknesses. Interestingly, more than one strong woman plays a dominant role in motivating others to believe and act according to God's law.
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