I was pleased to meet Judy Petsonk, author of Queen of the Jews, when she spoke this evening at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton. I was even more pleased to have the opportunity to interview her for The Book of Life. She was very well spoken, and I know the interview will make a great podcast. Watch this space!
Here's a description from the book's Facebook page:
The Queen of the Jews was a real woman. Powerful, charismatic, devout yet passionate, Queen Salome Alexandra ruled Judea in the century before Jesus. Embroiled in tempestuous love-hate relationships with her alcoholic husband, King Alexander Janneus, and her sons, she still managed to hold the land of Judea together through a succession of external battles and a six-year civil war. As sponsor of the Pharisee movement, she helped give birth to a new kind of Judaism. This new Judaism survived the destruction of the Holy Temple and gave birth in turn to modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the nine years when the queen ruled alone, she brought calm and prosperity to the land of Judea. Her people called her Shalom-Zion—the Queen of the Peace of Zion.
In Judy Petsonk’s novel, Queen of the Jews, Shalom-Zion tells her own story.
Judy Petsonk is the author of Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life, and the co-author, with Jim Remsen, of The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians. She is married, and the mother of two young adults. In previous lives, she was a newspaper reporter and a teacher.