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Daughter of Jerusalem (Biblical Fiction)

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She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress.

In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth—the Son of God.


In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, New York Times best-selling author Joan Wolf beaut
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Worthy Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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If you are looking for a theological analysis of Daughter of Jerusalem, this review is not it. I have expressed my reservations about taking liberties with biblical accounts and truth in the past (coincidentally discussing another of Joan Wolf's novels) and do not wish to regurgitate my views it yet another review. On the topic of theology and historical accuracy I will only say this: Is it impossible that Mary Magdalene and Mary, sister
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 24, 2013 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing
One of the reasons I've never seen the movie The Passion of the Christ is that I knew it would reduce me to tears that would be more than a little difficult to recover from. I never expected that this book would have the power to do the same.

Joan Wolf, a veteran historical writer with many titles under her belt, clearly did meticulous research on the region where Mary of Magdala lived. There have been more than a few versions of Mary through history. Wolf gives us the one that characterizes Mary
Jul 31, 2013 Shauna rated it liked it
If you can get over all of the many historical inaccuracy's of this book, then you will enjoy it. I would have given this book 4-5 stars if the author had been more true to the history put forth in the bible. First of all, it is highly unlikely that Mary Magdalene was the sister of Lazarus and Martha, as she is portrayed in this book. I'm uncertain as to why the author thought it necessary to make them one and the same woman as the majority of Christian scholars fid them to be two different ...more
Oct 10, 2012 K rated it liked it

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley from Worthy Publishing.

If there is such thing as hard sci fi, then I want to coin the term hard historical fiction. This is not hard historical fiction. This is a light and modern look at Mary Magdalene. I never fully felt transported to first century Israel but I did feel like I could relate to Mary and it gave me a real sense of how unbelievable Jesus's ministry must have been. As inspirational fiction, it hits its mark. As historically accurat
Jan 20, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
I've read many stories telling of the life (fictional, of course) of Mary Magdalene. Some portrayed her as a harlot, others as a woefully unfortunate woman. This book, by Joan Wolf, portrays her in the best possible light. As a woman. A woman who is a victim of her circumstances. A young woman sold into an unhappy marriage, who finds love with another. This is a highly likable Mary. A woman I felt for, a woman I would be happy to call a friend. We laugh with Mary, cry with her, and mourn with ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Maryellen rated it it was amazing
This is an easy to read novel that purports to tell the story of Mary Magdelane. It is well written, engrossing and captures the time and history of the events it describes. The author takes some creative license in placing Mary in events that she probably did not participate least not all of them None the less, for those interested in Christian books, this books gives one a real flavor for the politics of that time period, including the position of women in society. I really enjoyed it ...more
Amanda Caldwell
First let me just say, wow. I can't even gather my thoughts in a coherent manner to write the beautiful review I want to give this book. I'd first just like to say thank you so much to Worthy Publishing and Joan Wolf for providing me with a free copy of this book to read and for allowing me the honor of participating in the Daughter of Jerusalem blog tour. I'm not trying to suck up (lol), but this book has truly been such a blessing in my life. When I was first asked to participate in the blog ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Worthy Publishing free in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress.
In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth -- the Son of God.


In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, New York Times best-
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Even though I am not a religious person myself, I am very much interested in the various world religions and their origins. I also adore reading historical books, so I was definitely looking forward to reading this book. And I have to say I really enjoyed it. It may be surprising to hear that this isn’t an overly religious book, in spite of the fact that the main character is Mary Magdalene, and a large part of the book is focused on
Feb 06, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Joan Wolf tells a uniquely fresh account of the life of the woman known today in Christian texts as Mary Magdalene.

In the beginning of the story, a young Mary of Magdala is sent from her father's home because of conflicts with her stepmother. Leaving behind her younger sister, Martha, and her brother Lazarus, Mary finds herself living with her Aunt Leah. Her new Jewish home is filled with many members of Leah's family by marriage but, Mary struggles to make friends with the other young girls o
Apr 29, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Normally I do not read a lot of biblical fiction, but reading this book made me want to swallow up all the biblical fiction I could find. It was a wonderful read that made the biblical story of Mary Magdalene come to life. While all these events did not necessarily happen to the biblical Mary, this was a great fictional tale of the story of Mary.
The story opens when Mary is just 10 years old. After having problems at her own home, she is sent to live with her Aunt Leah at the home of Lord Benjam
Jul 31, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Mary Magdalene is a controversial figure and many historical fiction portrayals of her have not done her justice as a strong female character. I really appreciated the treatment of her here, especially since she's not a prostitute. Coming from an insignificant family, Mary is forced to abandon her true love for an arranged marriage to a wealthy merchant. Submerged in the decadent lifestyle of Roman influence, she abandons her religion embraces a life of sin (according to Judaism). Heartbreak ...more
I won a copy through the Goodreads' First reads program, compliments of Worth Publishing, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Jesus' closest earthly friend. The one who understood him better than anyone alive - was a woman whose sins marked her with a scarlet letter. DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM is the historical fiction account of Mary of Magdala. The cover is entrancing and bright; the story within enchanting. I finished this book in just a few days (usually takes me a couple weeks with my schedule).
May 17, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing
I received this novel through a Goodreads giveaway.

I have found this book to be extremely interesting to read. The way the author portrays this important religious and historical figure really made me stop and think about who this person really was. Being raised Christian, I heard of Mary Magdalan and her being a follower of Jesus. Many stories portrayed this woman as a harlot and a prostitute and never delve into who this person really was. I began reading this novel knowing that the young Chil
Wendy Hines
Jul 17, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
I've read many stories about Mary of Magdalene, but this is the first one that is contemporary in my opinion. Daughter of Jerusalem follows the live of Mary from her first marriage until she meets Jesus. The writing is keen and Wolf has a knack of painting vivid pictures with her words. Jerusalem just comes to life, creating an authentic background for Wolf's Magdalene.

Inspiring, emotional and complex, Daughter of Jerusalem is a compelling read. It makes me want to be a better person after readi
This book was definitely different, but it didn't command my attention like a good narrative should.
I found I was easily sidetracked and it took me three weeks to read.

While the story is very descriptive and the time comes to life as you read, there was nothing really compelling to keep me going. Unfortunately it's a story where you know what will happen, whether you're religious or not, and I wish there had been more in the way of unanticipated ventures. I could have stopped reading the book in
Oct 21, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
This was just ok for me... really enjoyed the first two sections and thought that the part pertaining to Mary's relationship with Jesus would interest me more!!! However that part of the story just fell completely flat for me!!! I did like how it was told in more of a historical way rather than religious... gave me a much better understanding of the conflicts of the time and why Jesus was seen as such a threat both religiously and politically!!! Quick read if you just want a learn something more ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story and the depth of character given to Mary of Magdala. One of the reasons I enjoy Biblical fiction is, despite how accurate it is or isn't, it reminds me that even the people who may appear in one or two lines in the Bible, led entire lives before/after their appearance in scripture. The only negatives I give this one are some obvious omissions in the last section of the book, particularly in regards to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Overall, however, recommended.
Melisende d'Outremer
The story of Mary of Magdala - daughter, wife, fallen woman and disciple.

Fuller review can be read at Melisende's Library
Jul 18, 2013 Danyelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, review

Mary Magdalene's life has always been ruled by men. After being ripped away from her first love to be thrust into a loveless marriage, Mary's life is filled with misery and Roman life. Then, she meets a Roman man who makes her feel alive, but when tragedy strikes the weight of her sins threaten to overcome her and lead her to leave all her friends and memories and head to the place where her childhood was, a place where she receives the ultimate healing.

She moves to Capernaum and tries to put
Kianna Rose
Feb 19, 2014 Kianna Rose rated it it was amazing
This is the second biblical fiction book I have reviewed here and the third that I own. After getting a feel for what biblical fiction has to offer and enjoying it immensely, I was overjoyed when Worthy Publishing contacted me about reviewing Daughter of Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene is a character mentioned throughout the Gospel so reading her story, though it be fictitious, piqued my interest.

When I read the Bible, I often contemplate the backstories of the characters; I wonder who they were, what
Jul 17, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing
I was very excited when Worthy Publishing offered me the opportunity to review Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf. Having read a previous fictional Bible story by the same author I was eager to participate!

Daughter of Jerusalem is the story of Mary of Magdala or as she is more popularly known: Mary Magdalene. I have not read much about Mary Magdalene other then what is written about her in the Bible. However I do know that there is a bit of mystery surrounding her life. Some believe she was the
Victor Gentile
Jun 17, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Joan Wolf in her new book, “Daughter of Jerusalem” published by Worthy Publishing takes us back in history to the Israel at the time of Jesus and into the life of Mary Magdalene.

From the back cover: She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress. In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth — the Son of God.


In this fictionalized story of one of the Bibl
Debasish Ray Mohapatra
combine storytelling and a faith plot in this beautifully written biblical fiction.

I am not discussing here what is the story of this book? Who is Mary and her heart touching life story? Who is Jesus? etc.

Rather I have a question for all the readers of this book. "Why the name of this book is Daughter of Jerusalem ?" Is there any problem if we'll just change the name of this book to "Son of Jerusalem ?" If you are not still agree with me, then I can give you a simple explanation for this.
Nate LaClaire
Jul 19, 2013 Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing
She was the first person to see her resurrected Savior, a sinner whom Jesus cleansed of seven demons, and one of the women who followed and supported Jesus and the Twelve Apostles, but who was Mary Magdalene? What was her story? In her latest novel, Daughter of Jerusalem, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wolf puts a story to the person of Mary Magdalene. This first-person tale begins when, at a young age, Mary is sent from her family to live with her aunt and ends after Pentecost.

This is t
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She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress.

In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth -- the Son of God.


In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, New York Times best-selling author Joan Wolf beautifully recreates the history, romance, and tradition of Mary's world. Daughter of Jerusalem fo
Aug 26, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of biblical fiction
This was a good book, well written and developed. The author sets a wonderful scene and her characters all grow naturally and effectively. The authors research into time, setting and culture is wonderful, though slightly disappointing on the biblical side. I know this author enjoys putting a unique spin on stories we think we know, but I found her choice of combining Mary Magdalen and Mary of Bethany as one, disappointing and going a bit too far.

The story is great, and is a wonderful read, start
Karen Korb
Jul 16, 2013 Karen Korb rated it really liked it
About The Book: In 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 novel
Jul 19, 2013 Larik rated it it was amazing
Daughter of Jerusalem
By Joan Wolf
Wow!!! Im bemused and astonished all at the same time... This book made me go back and reread parts of the Scripture. It touched my emotions so deeply that for the first time in my life I found myself really crying with the heroine and being angry when she was and of course overflow with joy when started standing on her own two feet and brave the World with chin held high and a beautiful smile transforming her face. The way this story is written made me feel like
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, ...more
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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