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Confused and one dimensional
on 16 November 2015
While it can be of inestimable value to take those whose lives are described in the Bible and tell their story in fiction, it is an area which is problematic. In building plot and understanding, we can misrepresent those people. Judgements and inaccurate motivations can be assigned to people (not 'characters,' those in the Bible are people deserving respect) without intention to offend. These stay in the mind's of readers and can have a negative effect on their reading of the Word.
The constant, hostile interaction between David's wives, and some of the more intimate aspects of the book, made me cringe. Throughout all three of her books, Jill does not seem to understand polygamy from an appropriate and balanced viewpoint. I find her assumption that there are no positive aspects to it to be biased and her treatment of many of David's wives to be offensive. David was constantly portrayed in a negative, one dimensional way, which made no sense it the light of his documented spiritual character. She seems confused as to whether he was the good guy, or the bad guy. Reading Torah would have sorted out many issues for her in regards to his thinking and motivation.