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Worthy Publishing Review: Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf

on July 15, 2013

About the Book: n Daughter of Jerusalem, readers will quickly identify with Mary Magdalene, a woman of deep faith who used her wealth and influence to serve Jesus. This fictionalized story of Mary Magdalene is, in the truest sense of the word, an inspirational novel for modern people who are looking to renew in themselves the message of Christ. It’s the greatest story ever lived, told by one of the most famous women who ever lived, and it’s a page-turner. Joan Wolf’s years of success as a novelist enable her to combine storytelling and a faith plot in this beautifully written biblical fiction.

You can buy the book through Worthy Publishing.


About Joan Wolf: Joan Wolf has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Milford, Connecticut, where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. Along the way she also managed to write forty-six published novels, the writing of which profoundly enriched her life.  You can visit and learn more about Joan at her website.

My Opinion:

Having read The Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf I was familiar with her writing style as well as her penchant for historical fiction writing so I jumped into Daughter of Jerusalem with abandon.  This is a fictionalized account of one of the most interesting and probably one of the most misunderstood woman of the Bible – Mary of Magdalene.  Some lump her as the adulterous woman who was about to be stoned, some consider her the woman who was possessed by demons of which Christ drove out of her.  Really, must isn’t known except that she probably followed Jesus around as He went through the country preaching the Gospel.

I sat down to read this book yesterday and wasn’t sure if I’d finish it in time for this review and I was so very wrong.  I was instantly caught up in the details of Mary’s life from the time when she was a young girl and her father left her with her uncle till the time she started following Christ and His death and resurrection.  I like a lot of detail, so details of food being eaten, what the street looked like and what the people were wearing, while in depth added a lot of enjoyment to the story.  We don’t know much about her in reality so Joan had to add some things in based on what might have happened based on the context of the society at the time.  Mary was married to a Jew but he lived in a very Roman town where women and men didn’t see adultery as wrong or immoral and her husband actually gave her permission in the hopes she’d become pregnant and provide him with an heir even though it wouldn’t be his child.

There were a couple things that I did notice that are a bit different in the book than how I understand the Bible such as it’s said that John the Baptist poured water from his hands on the person’s head being baptized versus actually submersing them in the water.  When Mary approached the Tomb after Jesus’ burial there was no angel as described in the Resurrection account and the book took liberties when the disciples were discussing who to add to replace the two empty spots and Mary’s name was nominated to be one of the apostles.  While I noticed some of these things in the reading I also realized that Joan Wolf had very little to go on in regards to facts about Mary’s life and that is why it’s a work of fiction, regardless I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am happy I was able to finish it in one day.


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