Posted: August 23, 2015 in Book Reviews


Rebekah By Orson Scott Card

400 pages

From the Women of Genesis series of books

The story of Rebekah, Issac’s wife covers her life from young womanhood till she is an old woman and the rivalry of her 2 sons, Esau and Jacob. Her story is familiar to most of us, she meets Issac’s servant at the well and soon finds her self off to Abraham’s and Issac’s camp to marry Issac whom she immediately falls in love with.

For the first part of her marriage to Issac she struggles to conceive a child till she becomes pregnant with twins and Jacob and Esau are born. After her children are born her life is filled with strife and contention between herself and Abraham who disagree on how to raise the boys who have 2 very different personalities.

The selling of Esau’s birthright for a mess of pottage to his younger brother Jacob is dealt with though Orson Scott Card imagines this to be non binding agreement in any way. The deception of Jacob when bestowing the birthright on Jacob instead of Esau is covered and all the key points of the story that we find in the bible.

The story as Orson Scott Card imagines it however goes beyond what we know of it in the biblical account. He takes much to his imagination on how the characters might have interacted and felt concerning their circumstances. Much of the story is made up in the author’s mind. This does not detract from the characters however. This is not done in a bad way. Often mixed in with humor and drama helps us to understand the characters without taking from the context of their story.

Orson Scott Card helps to paint an image of Issac who has a lack of self confidence and his own worthiness before God. He sees himself as a weakling and unworthy while his brother Ishmael is imagined by him to be a man of great strength and worthiness. This because Issac avoids fighting and does not have armies fighting for him like his brother.

Rebekah is portrayed quite effectively as a woman of great faith and understanding who loves and cares not only for God but for her husband and children as well. She is angry because others do not see what she see’s which is that Esau is not worthy to have the birthright and Jacob is. Her anger and desperation drives her to trick Issac into giving Jacob the blessing of the birthright.

As with other books the in series they are worth a read for anyone who enjoys christian literature. I really enjoyed reading a re-imagined version of this biblical story that is key to understanding the historical context behind the 12 tribes lf Israel and the lineage of those tribes.

overall I would give this book a 8/10 book worms.

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