St. Croix Falls, Wis. (PRWEB) February 05, 2014
In an amazing re-imagination of King David’s time and place, Lynny Harris provides modern readers with a new, proto-feminist heroine in Bathsheba, David’s wife through adultery, who gave King Solomon birth and is the narrator of Harris’ new novel “Midbar III.” Focusing on the psychological dimensions of a forbidden love which was consummated in marriage after treachery, Harris’ work has depth, originality and rarity – it creates several new dimensions to this famous story of Biblical history.
“Midbar III” is about the life of Bathsheba, wife of King David and mother of King Solomon. “Midbar III” captures and portrays the woman who publicly withstood the scandal of adultery to become the mother of the next king of Israel, Solomon. While there has long been a fascination with the reigns of King David and King Solomon, there is probably no other book which gives us as much of an inside view from a woman’s perspective of that period as “Midbar III” does. “Midbar,” in the book of Hosea, is described as a realm of terror, darkest distress, hunger, discontent, and danger. This was in King David’s time. For some it would become a region of refuge – and one of them is Bathsheba.
At the age of eight, Bathsheba witnesses the bloody and violent stoning of an adulterous woman, a memory that will stay with her and will vividly return when she meets and falls in love with King David. When she was 15, her influential grandfather Ahitophel, a counselor to the king, married her off without her father’s knowledge to a widower named Uriah. It was an abusive marriage, a twist of fate that made her ready for another, more caring, man’s love. That this man happened to be the King of Israel has made it a major, celebrated story in Biblical history. Harris demystifies this story and turns it into a more intimate one, focusing on Bathsheba and David, two people who fell in love and must struggle with the rules of their religion and society. Praise must be given Harris for her delicate handling of the subject, how she has written her narrative with a more modern cast, her stunningly real portrayal of a strong man and the strong woman who would give birth to his heir in a closed, strictly regulated theocratic state.
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About the Author
Lynny Harris, the author of “Midbar III,” wrote as a reporter for “The Indianhead Star” under the pseudonym Lynny, her nickname. Her background in having done several investigative stories was very helpful in the years of research that she did for Midbar. The author had an article in “Countryside Magazine.” She continued to write essays and did research for a biography for a missionary to Africa. The author was motivated to write this book after having discovered that her father was not her biological father. In embracing her new family, she began to better understand her family of origin. Her adoptive father was the only father she knew, and nothing could change the incredible love he has for her. She was born and raised in a small, close-knit community in western Wisconsin. She raised her three children in this same community. It is with love for their mother that children Shane, Nik, and Anne want to share this dream that their mother had to get “Midbar” published.
Midbar III * by Lynny Harris
Publication Date: November 6, 2013
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