Daughter of Lachish
The mighty Assyrian army has invaded the tiny kingdom of Judah to crush the rebellion against the great king Sennacherib. After a long siege, the Assyrians capture the fortified city of Lachish. They show no mercy to the vanquished people. But one girl is able to escape-Rivkah. She hides in the hills and finds refuge in the company of other survivors. In a devastated land they seek to rebuild their lives. The words of the prophet Micah-spoken to the people over many years-speak to Rivkah anew, allowing her to see the events in a new light.
Drawing on extensive scholarly research, Daughter of Lachish brings to life the world of Ancient Judah. It melds archaeology and biblical studies to tell a story of the people who first heard the words of the Psalms and Prophets. It is a story of one girl, her search for a place in the world, and her quest to make sense of loss and joy. Through her eyes we experience the daily tasks, the seasons of the agricultural year, the bonds that hold together a household and a village, and the tensions that threaten to tear them apart.
You who live in Lachish, harness the chariot.
You were the beginning of sin to the Daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
Remaining faithful to the archaeological record, Tim Frank creates an absorbing and absolutely believable account of what life may have been like in Judah’s rural countryside in the aftermath of one of the best known historical events of the entire Iron Age. His account breathes life, personality, and character into the stones, the walls, the pottery, and other remains which we as archaeologists use to render our best accounts of what happened in the past.
James W. Hardin, Associate Professor in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Mississippi State University