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Overview The modern-day Hadassah, already introduced to readers, is the wife of Israel's Prime Minister. The inner pain she feels as her beloved land and people are terrorized by political strife is made even more personal as her own father comes under attack. An antiquities expert discovers ancient documents bridging the centuries and pointing to another conspiracy, one that has tragic implications for modern-day Jews living in Iraq and Iran, where Queen Esther had laid her own life on the line to save her people. Can Hadassah's already fragile marriage survive the request she must make?
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764203371 ISBN13 9780764203374
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More About Tommy Tenney & Mark Andrew Olsen
Tommy Tenney is the author of mega-bestsellers in the GOD CHASERS series, including God's Favorite House, The God Catchers, God's Eye View, and The Prayers of a God Chaser. He and his family live in Pineville, Louisiana. Learn more at www.godchasers.net. Mark Andrew Olsen, whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated with Tommy Tenney on the bestseller The Hadassah Covenant. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.
Tommy Tenney currently resides in the state of Louisiana. Tommy Tenney was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hadassah Covenant, The?
alright Sep 16, 2006
It was an alright book. I have to say I enjoyed One night with the King more than the Hadassah Covenant though. It's just slightly a let down from the first book. It was still an ok book, which is why I gave it 3 stars.
A great idea communicated through audio Mar 28, 2006
Here is an audio based on the life of biblical Queen Esther. In Tenney's ancient Persia (now Iraq and Iran), the king is brutally murdered, and Esther (Hadassah) wonders what her role might be in continuing to further God's plan for her people. She ends up helping her uncle Mordecai in preparing Leah, a lovely young Jew, for her "audition" night with the new king. In a parallel contemporary story, the Israeli prime minister's wife, Hadassah (a descendent of Leah), must delve into the past to resolve a tragic standoff with terrorists who threaten the lives of contemporary Jews living anonymously in the Middle East.
My wife loved it. Mar 9, 2006
I bought this for a gift to my wife. She couldn't put it down and just sent it to her best friend. Rev. Tommy Tenney is one of our favorites.
A well-researched and enjoyable novel Mar 2, 2006
Picking up where the biblical book of Esther leaves off, THE HADASSAH COVENANT traces the fate of a concubine named Leah whose Jewish ancestry prevents her from becoming the queen of Persia during the Babylonian exile of the Jews from Jerusalem. Years earlier, Esther, then the queen, had befriended her, and the ongoing exchange of letters between the two women provides crucial clues to historical events that reverberate down to the present day.
Those events place Hadassah (the Jewish name for Esther), the wife of the present-day prime minister of Israel, in the critical role of saving the lives of "hidden Jews" who are being hunted down and killed by militant Muslims in Iraq. Unable or reluctant to leave Iraq decades earlier, many Jews had hidden their ancestry by taking on Arabic names and assimilating into the culture; now their identities have been revealed, and their lives are at stake. Several brutal murders of adults and children have even been shown on television.
The link between the ancient Israelites in Persia and the contemporary Jews in Iraq is Mordecai, Queen Esther's uncle and adoptive father who had served as "exilarch," one who represented the entire Jewish population during the exile. The letters between Esther and Leah, which tell the rest of the story about Mordecai, offer the key to a peaceful resolution to the wave of terror that has struck Iraqi Jews.
Enter the Mossad, the secret service of Israel, and one Mossad agent in particular who discovers and carefully guards the ancient letters as he analyzes their content. He and Hadassah share an important link, and they join forces in applying what they've learned from the past to forging a plan for peace in the present.
Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen do a credible job of imagining what might have happened in the lives of Esther and Mordecai and placing that possibility as a backdrop for present-day tensions in the Middle East. They've done their research, and on a technical level --- the book is highly detailed with regard to secret intelligence and covert operations, and the weapons and technology that make both possible --- it's all plausible. I had no problem believing that any of the governmental or terrorist actions could actually happen. The link with Esther, not so much, though it makes for a great story. Once I got past some of the unlikely scenarios and settled back into the story, I found myself genuinely enjoying it.
From what I gather, if you've read the first book in the series --- HADASSAH: ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING --- you may be a bit let down by this one, which makes me glad I didn't read the first one. With nothing to compare it to, I got caught up in both the present-day story and the ancient letters. Sure, I had a hard time imagining the Israeli prime minister calling his wife "honey" (isn't that a purely American term of endearment?), just as I found it hard to believe that there could be two green-eyed Israelis named Hadassah (the second being a child who narrowly escapes slaughter). And yes, I'd like to circulate a petition calling for a moratorium on green-eyed beauties in Christian novels for at least a decade. But these are minor annoyances and, I suspect, problems for me alone. Same with the cover, which brings the word "cheesy" to mind. But don't judge a book by it and all that. The content is much, much better.
Ancient and modern blended with intrigue! Dec 9, 2005
The Hadassah Covenant is an intoxicating blend of the plights of contemporary and historical Jews. In modern Iraq, a member of the Mossad, Israeliýs secret service force, joins a midnight raid and discovers ancient parchments of incalculable value . . . and terrifying peril, for they contain the bloodlines and identities of Jewish families in hiding across Iraq.
In modern day Israel, the Prime Ministerýs wife finds herself the target of assassination attempts. Her father dies saving her life, but with his last breath, offers her a clue about the motives behind the attacks aimed at her. Careful research leads her to a meeting with one of the worldýs most controversial Jewish people, a man whose demands for reparations from the Iraqi empire have set off a wave of anti-Semitic murders in Iraq. The gruesome executions of two beautiful young girls and their parents are aired across the world, shocking nations and stirring a cry for armed intervention.
In times past an Exilarch represented the Jewish people in exile to their foreign lords. A modern-day Exilarch might hold the key to ending the violence and restoring peace and safety to the Middle East. But such a person would have to be descended of both the Davidic bloodline and of Mordecaiýs line, Queen Estherýs adoptive father who served as Exilarch in Estherýs time.
The information that will bring about peace and justice for all involved lies in ancient missives between the queen, Mordecai, and a Jewish concubine in the kingýs harem that have been hidden across Iraq and Iran for centuries. But will the Mossad agent find them in time to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish families and prevent an all-out war between two nations fraught with enmity?
The ancient missives in this book are heartfelt and moving, so acutely describing the plights of Esther, Mordecai, Leah, and Jesse, whose very lives are subject the perilous whims of a foreign king. They seek to do the will of God and live lives of purpose while forced to hide their Jewish roots. How can they know that the decisions and choices they make will affect their people 3000 years later?