The Tender Twig by Francis Henking
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Note: New Printing 2012! Newly retype set in clearer, larger 12 point type for easier reading!
This story is unique and moving in its significance and in its appeal. It is the touching romance of Princess Tamar Teah Tephi and Prince Eochaidh, beginning in the dim past of Biblical days, having a surprising Cinderella motif set against a gripping backdrop of history, and reaching a climax at Tara in Ireland. It tells far more than a historic love story of the East and the West. The story is true, informative, and inspiring in its human interest and dramatic appeal. Its action begins in B.C. 586. Its epilogue and a separate supplement tie into national and international history and current events, previewing the Promised Kingdom. This is a reprint of a classic 1963 study, a historical novel telling "the rest of the story" after the fall of the house of Judah in 586/7 B.C., and of King Zedekiah's daughters, the royal seed, who were taken by the Prophet Jeremiah to Egypt (Jeremiah 43) and from thence to Ireland to form the royal family from which Queen Elizabeth is descended. This is a beautifully-written story sure to hold the reader's attention. As an added bonus, the author's wonderful separately-published short study, "God's Emerging Kingdom" is reprinted as an appendix to this book. Size 5.75 x 8 inches soft cover, 301 pages including her original 25 page appendix, and an 1877 study from the Banner of Israel Journal: a 3 page article on the Prophet Jeremiah of Anathoth and modern confusion with the Bible's Jeremiah of Libnah, father of Hamutal.
From the back of the book we read: Old Testament history recounts the breaking up of the nation of Israel and the dispersal to the north and west of first the ten tribes and later those of the two tribes of the kingdom of Judah. This book, The Tender Twig, is an historical novel telling of the royal descendant of Zarah-Judah, with pre-exilic Israel, being reunited with the heiress of the Davidic house in Palestine which had been reigning over the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Princess Tamar Teah Tephi of Judah finds herself an exile and a refugee after her father, King Zedekiah, is killed by his enemies. With her grandfather, the prophet Jeremiah, and a handful of guardians, the Princess makes a dramatic odyssey to Ireland, where the Lord's hand reunited the long-separated parts of His kingdom.
About the author, Francis Henking: It is highly appropriate that Frances Corinne Henking's first novel should be solidly based in her favorite field, the Bible and the Anglo-Saxon heritage. Miss Henking, a long-time resident of San Diego, California, studied at Stanford University, and was for twenty-six years a teacher of English literature, languages, and history, in the San Diego and Oakland Schools. Among her sideline projects were motion picture technique, scenario writing, and production. We know that you will enjoy reading this book!
Note: This new 2012 edition is published in Great Britain with a new cover and is completely retype set. The former edition published by CBIA-The Servant People is completely sold out and no longer available. You will enjoy this new larger print edition that we offer.