“Solomon, I have traveled far to learn about your Goddess of Wisdom. May I ask how you propose teaching me her wisdom?” How did Solomon answer this question posed to him by Bilqis, Queen of Sheba?
If these questions interest you, read a detailed, fascinating description of the culture, times, clothing and atmosphere in Israel 3000 years ago. Experience the mental intrigue when Bilqis asks a multitude of questions to challenge and test Solomon. Conflict develops as she probes the personal thoughts of Solomon trying to play ‘gotcha’ as sexual tension sparks their relationship. The plot conjectures into an eventual romance.
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|Reviewed By Bruce Cook for Readers’ Favorite. In his historical novel, As a Lily Among Thorns, Rudy Martinka has accomplished a milestone in documenting the life of King Solomon. His novel is unique in its historical and archaeological accuracy, its clear chronology of events, and its variety of perspectives on events during these historical times. I commend Rudy Martinka for telling his story through a first person account by King Solomon. Too often the third person approach to history makes for difficult reading. Martinka’s approach makes the story come alive.He uses italicized passages in which characters relate historical and philosophical information that would be far more difficult to read if presented in standard format. Throughout this book, the author provides an impeccable description of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba during a visit the queen made to his palace. The text is replete with conversations between them in which she questions him regarding his background, riddles, and philosophy. These dialogues are invaluable in helping the reader understand the history and beliefs of the times.The story becomes intensely personal and dramatic as a love relationship between Solomon and Bilqis continues. The juxtaposition of events in the story offers a clear account of what happened and when in a way that other historical accounts could not do. Many know something about King Solomon, the queen of Sheba, their son Menelik, David and Goliath, the Ark of the Covenant, or Solomon’s wise decision between two harlots who came to his court, both claiming to be mother of a child. But few have an idea of these stories in relationship to each other in time and place. This brings the story together in a way that the best novels do with their situations and characters.A preface and epilogue give evidence of the careful scholarship the author devoted to the writing of this book. Here the scholarly and archaeological research that underpins the story is clearly explained. This book is a powerful statement and should be read by anyone interested in learning about the Old Testament and King Solomon.
Rudy U Martinka attended Northwestern and Elmhurst Colleges. Now retired from Business, he has over thirty opinions published in the Chicago Tribune. Born 1940. and currently residing in Elmhurst, Illinois. He participated in civic associations of Boy Scouts. Elmhurst Safety Council, and Elmhurst Auxiliary Police. Married with three children and eight grandchildren. His reason for writing this novel is every day we all read and hear news reports of foolish decisions being made all over the world. He prays readers of his novel may experience a numinous touch to help prevent them from making foolish decisions.
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