First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible by Avraham Azrieli

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  This week I’m reading Deborah Rising: a novel inspired by the Bible by author Avraham Azrieli.

Part One:  The Injustice

Chapter 1

deborahrisingThe girls came early to the stoning.  They emerged one by one from the gates of Emanuel, which the sentries opened at sunrise, and spread out over the barren slopes to collect rocks. There were more than seventy girls, all of the town’s unmarried maidens, ten years and older.  With their brown wool dresses and bent backs, they looked like an army of weary squirrels gathering nuts for the winter.

teaser-tuesdaysTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:

“My fear is different,” Deborah said. “It chokes and paralyzes me.”  Loc 1838

What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  Have you read anything by this author?  Please leave a comment and a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph or Teaser Tuesday post.  Thanks for coming by.

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Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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44 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Deborah Rising: A Novel Inspired by the Bible by Avraham Azrieli

  1. Oh no, I can see what is coming next and I don’t like it. I’m assuming this is Deborah from the Bible? I’m curious to see how it is handled.


    • mysm2000 says:

      I read another novel about Deborah that was more focused on the adult Deborah and while there were battles and betrayals there wasn’t the cruelty and lack of justice I found in this novel which starts when Deborah is 12 or 13 years old. I liked it better than this one but it turns out it’s part 1 of a trilogy so I’m going to have to get the next two. Part 2 comes out in March. Thanks for coming by and commenting.


  2. fuonlyknew says:

    This sounds similar to a movie I watched. It was hard to stomach but ended up captivating me.

    My TT from Heart Of Eve


  3. Diane D says:

    Not my normal true for fiction but, I’m curious.

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  4. Al says:

    Although not a religious person myself, I have read several books with religion being the epicentre of the stories, whether they be from devil worship to Biblical eras.

    I don’t know if I would carry on with this one. It’s an interesting start, and I like the way it could go from there. I think I will look for a few reviews of it before adding it to my TBR list.

    Incidentally, if you haven’t read Feet of Darkness and it’s follow up Cydonia by Seyi Sandra David, they are a corker of a read each.


    • mysm2000 says:

      This book does get less cruel as it goes on but I’ve realized now that it’s the first of a trilogy so I’m going to have to get the second one which will be out in March and then wait for the third because I do want to see where it goes and the protagonist is quite captivating. I’ll look for the ones you’ve mentioned although I am quite discouraged at the number of books I have sitting here waiting not too mention my wish list. Thanks for stopping by and engaging.

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  5. kentuckygal50 says:

    I am a huge fan of historical fiction, so I’ve already put this on my TBR. The first sentence reminded me of that story, “The Lottery”.

    Here’s my FCFP post.

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  6. Kay says:

    Well, this is a novel inspired by the Bible and there were definitely stonings in the Bible. I’m wondering if this is based on Deborah, who became a judge of Israel? Curious. I will say that while I like novelizations of characters in the Bible, I don’t love all of them. I’d have to try it and see. 🙂

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    • mysm2000 says:

      This is based on the one and only prophetess from the Old Testament and I have to say, I’ve read other novelizations I’ve liked a whole lot more. The first sentence grabbed me but as the chapter went on, I really found the story repugnant. It did get better.


  7. Colletta says:

    I’m not sure about this one but I hope you enjoy!

    Please stop by:


    Liked by 1 person

  8. Miss Cellany says:

    No, I’m in no mood for a stoning and drab brown clothes!


    • mysm2000 says:

      I hear you. I was quite taken aback by the violence and cruelty in this book but I guess that was the way it could be and maybe still is in some parts of our world. Thanks for stopping by. Liked your post.


  9. I am definitely curious now….I haven’t read the author, but I want to know more. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I’m not so sure about that opener, a bit barbaric for my tastes


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