Part 1: The Price
Elisheva's life as the sheltered daughter of a rich, highly respected rabbi, changed in a matter of months. First, her father was censured by the Sanhedrin and fell from grace. The humiliation and his anger destroyed his health, and when he died, Elisheva was left at the mercy of her reckless, rebellious brother, Simeon. He threw in his lot with the Zealots, and when a raid failed, Simeon was captured and crucified for his crimes.
Elisheva learned that when a man committed the crime of rebellion against Rome, the Romans punished his entire family. Their home and farm and vineyards and servants were confiscated. Elisheva was sent to be sold as a slave. None of her father's former friends and students spoke up for her, or offered to redeem her.
Facing a short, unhappy future as a harlot, Elisheva went to the auction block. Then the unthinkable happened. Benjamin, one of her father's former students, sold everything he possessed to buy her. He had vowed to marry her, but had been turned away because he was poor.
Elisheva vowed she would make him happy, so he never regretted the risks he had taken, the mockery he endured for her sake. She thought they would be happy, and they were, until a rabbi from Nazareth came to Jerusalem and turned the world upside down. With success and security and wealth within their grasp, the choices Benjamin and Elisheva made next would affect the rest of their lives, and might tear them apart.
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To be written:
Part 2: The Journey