Lambswool, a Novel of Biblical Fiction

Lambswool, a Novel of Biblical Fiction

This first-person account, set in 1000 B.C., depicts the life of Maacah, wife to King David of Israel and mother to Absalom and Tamar. Maacah leaves the house of her father, the prominent Canaanite king of Geshur, to join her betrothed and make her place among people who speak in a foreign tongue, practice foreign rituals and sacrifices, and worship a foreign God, YHWH. As a mother, she believes her greatest objective is to gain Israel’s acceptance, for the sake of her children’s futures. What she gains instead is YHWH’s forgiveness, and her life is never the same.

In addition to being an entertaining work of fiction, this writing reaches across the centuries, leaving women with the realization that their hurts, longings, and dreams are not so different from women of the Bible. They understand that they are never so lost that God cannot reach them, never so sinful that God does not love them, and never so hopeless that God cannot help them.

I wrote this work for several reasons:
In all my reading and studying of the scriptures, I find it interesting that very little is said about the Biblical characters comprising the fairer sex. In Maacah’s case, we know her name, the name and station of her father, and who her children were, but the scriptures go no further with her account.

I couldn’t help but wonder about Maacah’s life 3000 years ago – what range of emotions she exhibited as she underwent her various life trials and how she coped as one of many wives in the house of David. How, for instance, would she have related to Deborah? To Bathsheba? To Michal? Would she have had anything in common with any of them? Considering her foreign status, would she have been accepted by them? Whom could she trust? Who would know her deepest secrets? Her greatest desires?

I wondered why YHWH spared Maacah’s city-state, Geshur. Located in the northern part of Bashan, the land was allotted to the half-tribe of Manasseh, which settled east of the Jordan River, at the end of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.

When we read the first several chapters of the Book of Joshua, we hear again and again of the total decimation of city states in every direction at Israel’s hand, from the hill country to the southern states to the northern states. In fact, the entire chapter of Joshua 12 lists the kings and the lands that Israel overtook. And they didn’t just overtake them; they completely wiped out every man, woman, and child. Yet we get to Joshua 13:13 and read in the NIV, “But the Israelites did not drive out the people of Geshur…so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.”

Why did YHWH spare this people? What plan did He have for them? Could it be that He intended the union between David and Maacah hundreds of years before their birth? That He intended the birth of Absalom and Tamar? To what end?

I could identify with Maacah. Like me, she was non-Jewish. Like me, she birthed both a son and a daughter. And who can’t relate to the trouble that surely permeated her life because of circumstances beyond her control?

Every other historical fiction account I have read about the house of David – where she might be mentioned as a minor character – portrays Maacah as a worldly, vain, unloving woman at best. But is this a fair account, an accurate portrayal? As I say, since scripture records very little about her, who’s to say what would be fair or accurate? My rendition paints her in a little different light.

I will keep you informed through the acquisitions process which, from what I can tell, is very long and painstaking. To keep it interesting, though, I’ll let you know more about the major and minor characters of Lambswool as well as little juicy tidbits of information that you might miss if you just read the work.

Look for more information soon!

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