While the biblical reference regarding Jeroboam is pretty scant, Writer Reid puts his research and understanding of social mores and literature of Ancient Egypt to good use to add depth to the tale of Jeroboam and Shishak.
John Howard Reidís In All His Glory indicates in the Prologue that The Lord God was angry with King Solomon and had raised up a rival to Solomon; one Jeroboam who was actually one of the kingís servants. Sadly, Solomon after all his closeness to God and having been blessed with unparalleled wisdom had allowed himself to be drawn away from the God he had long served.
Through the prophet Ahijah, God told Jeroboam that it was he and not one of Solomonís sons who would be given kingship over 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Needless to say Solomon was anxious to see power retained by his lineage, thus Jeroboam was forced to seek sanctuary by escaping across desert sand into Egypt where he appealed to the Egyptian Pharaoh, Shishak.
Thus, the narrative opens with Jeroboamís musings regarding the prejudices Egyptians held against the Israelites. Jeroboamís exile has been a lonely one, initially it seemed that Shishak had been welcoming, but for a year Jeroboam has been well cared for physically, however he now sees no friends, no one with whom he can share thoughts, or conversation or friendship. He cannot even find solace in religious activity; the Egyptians are followers of Ammon-Ra.
Jeroboam was more than startled when a guard came into his room and without a word began propelling him through the doorway and along a corridor. Down a flight of stairs, past a marketplace, into a chariot, and through the main gates of the temple of Ammon-Ra served only to confuse Jeroboam. His Egyptian was none too fluent, didnít much matter, the Nubian propelling him forward wasnít talking anyway.
Nearly becoming lunch for sacred crocodiles, meeting Counselor Methyethy who needs a dreamed explained, and then meeting the high priestess of Ammon-Ra and Habu the priest and keeper of the temple brings no more clarity than did the silent trek.
From that beginning the reader is moved into a rush of intrigue, duplicity, being lost in tombs where there is little light and less hope for getting out of the thing. Accusations, seeming reprieve, more accusations, finally respite, marriage, a child, and then more chicanery are in store for this man for whom the throne of the ten tribes awaits.
The ruler in Egypt at the time Mosesí story was beginning was a Libyan, Shishak, who had actually assumed the throne, and it was to him that Jeroboam fled for safety. Historical data, including biblical reference indicate that Jeroboam's relationship with Pharaoh Shishak alternated as one of either close friendship or suspicion filled semi banishment.
While the biblical reference is pretty scant, Writer Reid puts his research and understanding of social mores and literature of Ancient Egypt to good use to add depth to the tale of Jeroboam and Shishak.
Reid has crafted a highly detailed, vibrant tale filled with excitement, credible action and characters to portray a relationship filled with notable highs and lows. Once affable to the extent that Shishak even allowed marriage between Jeroboam and one of own daughters; the two became distant to the point that Shishak attempted to assassinate Jeroboam prior to allowing Jeroboam to return to Israel.
He who had become refugee to Egypt was named the ruler of 10 tribes of Israel.
Reidís adroitly drawn characters dashing across the pages in this fast-moving, incident-packed narrative are set against a backdrop of ancient Egypt so portrayed to grip the reader from first to last.
It is not necessary to be a student of Ancient Egypt or to be a Bible scholar or to be a religious person in any manner to understand this particular narrative. Reid is an excellent story teller, has produced an action packed thriller set in ancient times and portrays a tale in most excellent fashion. In All His Glory is a fast-moving thriller certain to appeal to every person who enjoys a great read.
Happy to recommend John Howard Reidís In All His Glory. 5/5 stars
Note while this Jeroboam is mentioned in the Biblical Book of Kings, Jeroboam was a somewhat common name, as were others listed in the Bible. At times it is a little difficult to figure out which is which even when the reader is well versed in the Bible.
I like Writer Reidís adaptation of the story of Hebrew Jeroboam and Libyan usurper Egyptian Pharaoh; it serves as a nice introduction into some of the chronicle of the time and place which might otherwise be lost to those who may not have spent years in study, and may or may not be Bible readers.
Reviewed by Mollyís Reviews
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TITLE In All His Glory
AUTHOR John Howard Reid
GENRE historical fiction
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Lulu.com (January 31, 2006)
This novel was one of 7 finalists in an international competition that attracted over 3,000 entries.