I was awakened at 3:00 am with the following words rolling around in my head: And So It Was Written.
Weird and magical, the birthing of the name of my new book.
And So It Was Written
A Novel by Ellen Brazer
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; there shall step forth a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Seth. The Star Prophecy of Numbers 24:17
Rabbi Akiva named Shimon Bar Kockba, the son of a star as the Messiah, the savior of the Jewish people. In my research I found instances where Bar Kockba is referred to as the nasi or prince. In my novel I use the word nasi often because it makes me feel better. I don’t like thinking that the great rabbi was so wrong in his declaration of Bar Kockba as the Messiah. So perhaps he did mean that this man was the prince of the Jews. Needless to say, there were those rabbis that disagreed with Akiva’s proclamation. Yet, he was a powerful magnet who managed to amass an army in the hundreds of thousands, as Jews came from every corner to join his army. While this man is not the main character in my novel, it is these events that shape the soul and the essence of the book.