The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

An Inspiration and Enlightenment Workshop Book Review

The Red Tent CoverHow did nomadic, Mesopotamian women live at the time of Jacob? The author Anita Diamant answers this question with vivid images. The Red Tent is fine historical fiction that fills the wide gaps between the Old Testament’s dry verses. Historical fiction enables us to empathize with the people who lived at times long gone. This leads to a much deeper understanding of history than studying facts and dates only. Kudos to Anita!

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The Old Testament and Visionary Fiction

This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: The Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the twelve tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. – Ha’aretz Magazine, October 1999.

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