Danna asked:

Question about historical fiction set in the times of the Bible, aka the old testament. Why is it categorized as "Christian"? If anything, it should be categorized "Jewish" or, more accurately, "biblical", shouldn't it? Historically, Christianity as a religion and a community started only a few centuries after Jesus's death in 33 AD, so obviously biblical times (BC) does NOT fit into the category.

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Courtney Hall I also feel that the book is appropriately categorized as "Christian." Although the story of Tamar is in the Old Testament, the Old Testament comprises more than half of the Bible, which is the religious text of Christianity. This particular series by Francine Rivers highlights women within the lineage of Jesus. It would be inappropriate to categorize any book in this series as "Jewish" because the Jewish religion does not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Additionally, the term "Biblical" could be used to accurately describe any story taking place within the Bible - Old or New Testaments - so it would not be more descriptive than "Christian."
Amy The whole point of here picking these 5 ladies because "Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World." These ladies are to lead to the story of Christ, therefore it is categorized as Christian.
Riobhcah It is inaccurate to characterize this book as "Christian" when it is about Judaic history, long before the term "Christian" ever was heard by anyone. During the time when Jesus the Judaean Jew lived, no one ever used called themselves "Christians" -- that came much later. I don't believe that Jesus even intended to start an entire new religion, but to set the Jewish faith back on track -- back on the spiritual path since they had become too legalistic.
Katie Sayles I feel that it fits appropriately into this category. Christianity has its roots in the Jewish history and without that history there would be no Christian religion today.
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