The Book of Voices

Biblical Microfictions by Joseph Zitt


Cover of "The Book of Voices"The Book of Voices
Joseph Zitt
The Apocryphile Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-933993-97-3
Release Date: 9 November 2010

The Book of Voices is a book about how we remember who we are, how we reach out to each other, and how we see ourselves while history and miracles are happening around us.

In ancient Judaea, a prophet who has lost her memory channels the voices of people from the Hebrew Bible. Seeking to rediscover her true self, Elisheva discovers the unexpected nature of God.

Elisheva not only brings forth the voices of the well-known people of the Bible, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and King David, but also the people that the Bible quickly passes over.  People such as Moab (bastard child of Lot and his daughter), Zimri (who lasted one week as King of Israel), and Jushab-Hesed (a child at the rededication of the temple) speak of critical moments in their lives, as do women that the Bible did not bother to name: the Wife of Cain, the Daughter of Jephthah, and the Shulammite.

The voices cover thousands of years of mythic history, from the creation of the universe to the end of the Prophetic Age. Angels and prophets move through space and time, travel the branching paths of possible histories, step into the world of dreams, and cross the border between life and death. Stories recount what happened in history, then reach back and change what actually happened. Throughout the lives of those who discover, defend, and oppose the faith in one God, often guided by the workings of a hidden school of prophets, the Sisters of Sarah, they face what it means to be human and to do what’s right, as they help people to be better people and help God learn to be a better God.


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