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The Chosen book I: The Youth
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An Epic Novel Based on the Biblical story of Daniel
Separated from his family, his homeland and his childhood sweetheart, Daniel, a Judean youth of noble lineage, is exiled to Babylon, where his captors hope to use his talents at the Royal court.What will eventually become of the youth - as he is subjected to grueling trials and tests - neither he nor his captors can even imagine...Shlomo Kalo’s masterpiece of Biblical literature, THE CHOSEN, is being republished in three volumes. Kalo, one of the most prolific writers in Israel and a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, brings to new life the themes and spirit of the Biblical story of Daniel in this lively, dramatic epic novel. His masterwork of storytelling weaves together the themes of faith, friendship, betrayal, love stronger than death, and redemption.
The first installment, Book 1 THE YOUTH
In THE YOUTH, Daniel and three friends are among those forcibly sent to Babylon to serve in court after the conquest of Jerusalem by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar. The long and tortuous journey from Jerusalem to Babylon is filled with danger, as well as reminiscences of his love since childhood, Nejeen, and his slain father, Prince Naimel. Once in Babylon, the youths are educated in their roles in service of the King, learning the Chaldean language and the ways of the court. Daniel passes an early test, refusing to partake of non-kosher meat and wine, being allowed to eat what is their diet for ten days.Daniel’s powers of prayer and healing, along with his excellence in studies and horseback riding, gain him great supporters in court, as well as jealousy and hostility from others in Babylon, leading to the first attempt on his life by his own compatriots.
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