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Lilah

(2006)
(The third book in the Canaan series)
A novel by

 
 
Set in the magnificent culture of the Middle East more than four thousand years ago, Lilah is a rich and emotionally resonant story of faith, love, and courage.

Living in exile, Lilah is in love with Antinoes, a Persian warrior. They have known each other since they were children, and Antinoes dearly wants to make Lilah his wife. Yet Lilah does not feel she can marry without the blessing of her brother, Ezra. She and Ezra are close, and Lilah knows her brother well—he does not want his sister to have a husband outside their faith. Ezra is a scholar of the laws of Moses, and Lilah believes it is her brother's destiny to lead the Jewish people back to the Promised Land. While Antinoes pressures her to accept his proposal, Lilah realizes that before she can consider her own happiness, it is her duty to help her brother accomplish the seemingly impossible task that is before him.

Putting herself in grave danger, and with the help of Antinoes, Lilah wins Ezra an audience with Artaxerxes II, the King of Kings, who grants permission to lead the exiles on their journey back to the Promised Land. After a hazardous trip across the desert, Lilah, Ezra, and the thousands who join them arrive in Jerusalem. But the hardship of rebuilding the Temple takes its toll, and the religious enthusiasm of some turns to extremism. Ezra, listening to the zealots, orders all non-Jewish wives and their children banished from Jerusalem. Lilah, whose love for Antinoes has never wavered, is horrified by this command. She knows she must now choose between her brother and her conscience, which tells her that the time has come to defy him.

Lilah is a timeless story of one woman's stand against intolerance; it will linger in the reader's mind long after the last page has been turned.

Yahweh, is it not your will that our bodies should grow beyond childhood? That we should become men and women, each with our own breath, our own strength, the joy of our own senses? Is it not your will that a man's caress should delight a woman? Is it not your law that a sister should find other eyes to love than those of her brother, another voice to hear and admire other than that of her brother? Is it not your teaching that a woman should choose a husband according to her heart, as Sarah did, and Rachel and Zipporah, the wives of Abraham, Jacob, and Moses?

Whichever I am faithful to, the other's pain will be just as strong.

Why must I cause pain when my brother and my lover have an equal place in my heart? —from Lilah

Genre: Inspirational

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Hardback Editions

October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lilah: A Forbidden Love, a People's Destiny
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 0-7862-7372-0 / 978-0-7862-7372-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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July 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lilah (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 1-84617-380-9 / 978-1-84617-380-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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June 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lilah: A Forbidden Love, a People's Destiny (Book 3 of the Canaan Trilogy)
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 1-4000-5281-5 / 978-1-4000-5281-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lilah: A Novel (Canaan Trilogy)
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 0-553-81651-9 / 978-0-553-81651-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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April 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lilah: A Novel (Canaan Trilogy)
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 1-4000-5282-3 / 978-1-4000-5282-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lilah - A Forbidden Love, A People's Destiny
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 0-593-05281-1 / 978-0-593-05281-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

June 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lilah (Canaan Trilogy)
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 0-7393-1174-3 / 978-0-7393-1174-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
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June 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lilah
Author(s): Marek Halter
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lilah
Author(s): Marek Halter
Publisher: Books on Tape
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June 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lilah
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 1-4159-3070-8 / 978-1-4159-3070-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2006 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Lilah
Author(s): Marek Halter
ISBN: 1-4159-3069-4 / 978-1-4159-3069-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

May 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lilah: A Heroine of the Old Testament (Canaan Trilogy 3)
Author(s): Marek Halter
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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June 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lilah: A Novel
Author(s): Marek Halter
Publisher: Crown
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