Rivers of Babylon follows the family saga of Dinah-one of three thousand captive Jews-as she and her family cross eight hundred miles to their new home. The hardships of the trip make the captives' efforts to develop an understanding of the Babylonians even more challenging. Dinah faces another challenge when she has confrontations with the Babylonian soldier who raped her. Biblical characters, Azariah and Daniel, quell a cattle rampage that destroys not only property, but lives-including one in their own group. Bethany, a Jerusalem prostitute, narrowly escapes execution with the help of her sister's boyfriend, Nebuzaradan, a Babylonian general. Captives anxiously await their first vision of the walls of the great city of Babylon. It rises from the desert to welcome them, to give them their first glimpse of the city that will now transform their lives.
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Published January 3, 2005
History, Literature & Fiction.