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Women of Genesis, Vol. 2: Rebekah (Women of Genesis #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  7,227 Ratings  ·  609 Reviews
Born into a time and place where a woman speaks her mind at her own peril, and reared as a motherless child by a doting father, Rebekah grew up to be a stunning headstrong beauty. She was chosen by God for a special duty. For Rebekah must leave her fathers house to marry Isaac, the studious young son of the Patriarch Abraham. Her struggles to find her place in the family o ...more
Audio CD, 10 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Shadow Mountain (first published December 1st 2001)
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Joelle I didn't read them in order- so long as you understand the Bible they should make sense on their own! :)
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Nola Redd
Jun 30, 2008 Nola Redd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, Old Testament readers, mothers, wives, sons
Recommended to Nola by: Orson Scott Card
When it comes to scriptures, we tend to endow the people in them with clear-cut shades of black or white. “Isaiah was a prophet, ergo he must be perfect.” That is why some of the humanizing stories from the Old Testament can be so confusing, the story of Isaac, Jacob, and Esau surely chief among them. Did Jacob really buy the birthright for a mess of pottage? And what’s up with the trickery involved in the actual blessing of the birthright? In Rebekah, Orson Scott Card writes an insightful story ...more
Rachel Crooks
Oct 23, 2012 Rachel Crooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does anyone else find it interesting that Orson Scott Card wrote these three books about the women of Genesis after writing so many successful sci-fi novels? That was primarily the reason I picked this book up.

I loved this interpretation of Rebekah, mostly because she is always so sure of herself and her convictions. She calls her parents out on things when they get it wrong, pointing to the ideals of their faith in the God of Abraham. She is filled with zeal,sure that everyone else must see i
Nov 08, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get to know the women of the Bible. It is a historical fiction but leaves an impression on your heart. You will always remember the scripture story from now on because you feel like you personally know Rebekah.
May 30, 2013 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have liked Orson Scott Card's other books on women of the Bible but was disappointed in this one for I was very uncomfortable about the way he portrayed Rebekah and her family and mostly with the image that was depicted of Abraham and Isaac. This is not the way I want to think of them. It is an interesting and well written book, but my opinions seem to be different than the author. I know that we have to remember that this is fiction written about real people who we don't have very much detail ...more
 ☆☽ Ruth ☆☽
Disappointing... definitely not of the same standard as his previous book 'Sarah'.
I struggled to finish this one, I found most of the characters unlikeable and the style very introspective and maudlin; the language & behaviour of the protagonists is very modern, there is little action and I didn't feel much sense of the ancient world.
Jun 03, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband got me 3 of the Women in Gen series for my birthday, and I am so glad he did. These are written as "fiction" but it is evident that there is a lot of research put into it as well. Card portrays an honest view of Jewish life far surpassing the vulgar cave-man "Red Tent" version. My copy of Rebekah has an endorsement from the Jerusalem Post on first page which says a lot about it's accuracy. Also commendable is the fact that Card does not alter the Genesis account. What he adds gives de ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel by Orson Scott Card about the life of the matriarch Rebekah, is at once moving and engaging.
Unlike some novels, such as Sarah by Marek Halter and The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant, where the women are portayed as worshiping idols and other gods, she is shown as a strong women, devoted to the service of Yahweh since she was little, as are the other matriarchs in the Women of Genesis series.
Card has done a great job of filling in the gaps and bringing the women of the Bible to life.
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Aug 17, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was not the lack of swash-buckling, swordplay, magic, Austen-worthy wit or romance that left me unimpressed, it was the bleakness and constant fretting of the characters. Isaac was weak and self-doubting. Rebekah was a whiner. Abraham was a manipulator. All they did was argue. (Har! Where were the pirates?) The jarring switch between third and first-person narration made me dizzy. And good heavens, what does one expect from a Bible story, other than bleakness? In all fairness, Card did po
Liked it, but not so much as Sarah. It's likely because there's so much information in the Bible about Sarah I felt Card was just filling in the blanks, rather than inventing the story. Rebecca is less-mentioned in scripture, so Card had to take more liberties creating her character, which made it a little less compelling to me, although still interesting. I did really like some of his insights on listening to the Spirit, and how impressions come.
I really enjoyed this book. I started reading it while in Georgia visiting my SIL and had to hurry and request it from the library when we got back. I'm a sucker for romance and thought that Rebekah and Isaac were so beautifully written. I thought that Card did really well in describing events and the human side of them.
Mar 03, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the beginning of the book about Rebekah's childhood and how she married Isaac, but then I did not like how Card portrayed Isaac and Abraham and especially their relationship with each other. I ended up disliking both of them very much, which is terrible way to feel about these wonderful Old Testament prophets.
Jan 22, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Women of Genesis books and can't wait for the next one. I love historical fiction about scriptural people, particularly women because they are so rarely mentioned in the scriptures at all. Anyone who can help me to better understand or relate to women in the scriptures rocks. Also amazing that these books are written by a male author.
Kim Davison
Oct 17, 2007 Kim Davison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Women of Genesis books, I enjoyed this one the most. I liked the development of Rebekah's character. An inspiring read if you can get past ancient personalities acting in ways more appropriate for modern people.
Jul 04, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis series even though I totally read them out of order. I loved how the women came to life and each had unique yet strong personalities. I really hope writes a fourth book in the series!
Jul 20, 2007 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in the Old Testament
Shelves: 2007
This book was interesting, but it's hard to read fiction based on something that I only know about from the Bible. It was very different from what I expected and it made me think about that whole story a little differently. 6/14/2007
Shannon Smith
Jan 30, 2009 Shannon Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Best one I've read in a while. I read this one before Sarah so I guess we'll see how much I like Sarah if it really is repetitive. It felt good to read a book that could keep me up at night.
Aug 09, 2007 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was too jarring to have the characters speak in contemporary language. I didn't buy it and I never got into the story because of it.
Oct 03, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my favorite out of the Women of Genesis series. I wish I had the misfortune of needing to wear a veil over my face. :)
Sep 24, 2007 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought his portrayal of Isaac was SO insightful and unique. This is my favorite thus far of the Women of Genesis series.
Feb 21, 2015 Elar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It was same as first book in series - same dilemmas, same problems and similar solutions. And clearly I am not the audience :)
Oct 22, 2007 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Orson Scott Card does a great job with Rebekah's story, though he ends on what is probably an overly optimistic note.
Aug 10, 2007 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing fictional look at women from the scriptures. If you try not to think of her as the same Rebekah, it is a beautiful story!
Aug 10, 2007 Pokeyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again loved this installment in the series, I really like the humanistic quality put into these eternal stories.
Sep 20, 2007 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fictional story around the life of Rebekah. Orson Scott Card did a great job and I couldn't put it down.
Ronni Jo
Apr 12, 2010 Ronni Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as great as I'd hoped, but I have very high expectations for Card. I enjoyed it, but I thought there could have been more character development and maybe, I don't know, less whining?
Sep 20, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know it's very fictionalized but I really enjoyed this story of Rebekah from the Old Testament.
Feb 12, 2017 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Card is a good writer. Ender's game is one of my all-time favorite books, but it's only more recently that I've discovered some of Card's other books. This book tells the story of Rebekah and for the most part I enjoyed it. There was one part (view spoiler) which I thought was a little much. But for the most part I really enjoyed this story. I like Card's take on it, that life is full o ...more
Mar 04, 2009 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 29, 2016 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other than the fact that the characters believe God lives on a specific planet, this novel is quite believable. Card is very insightful concerning people & their relationships, which is essential to good writing. He demonstrates a remarkable understanding of women.

Well worth reading.

I read this between 2005-2010.
Dec 31, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin.

I enjoyed Rebekah's character being fleshed out and given so much strength.

However, I got really annoyed with all the inner monologue. I skim when I read books a lot, but usually I don't notice. This book, I noticed. A lot. And it was often very repetitive.

The biggest difficulty in reading this book was Isaac. I know he was human - flawed, doubting, impetuous, etc. However, I also felt like as a prophet of God the interpretation of his character should have be
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