Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jacob - Benjamin's Older Brother

Jacob is Rebakah's other uncle. He lives in Jerusalem in a large home with servants. His wife and son live an easy life with all the luxuries that could be provided them. Jacob, as the oldest son, inherited his father's trading business and built it up to become very wealthy. He gave his brother, Benjamin, a small piece of the business and put him in charge of a small shop in Bethany.

The brother's wives don't get along and Mara is jealous of the position and wealth that her sister-in-law enjoys only a few miles away from her small home with Benjamin.

Jacob spends much of the year on caravans to Damascus, Caesaria and to Egypt. He doesn't even realize he has a niece. When visiting Benjamen's home, he ignores the servants and never recognizes his sister's child, Rebekah.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hannah - Mara's house servant

After Benjamin and Mara decide to keep six year old Rebekah as a servant, they turn her over to the old woman Hannah. Hannah has cooked, cleaned, and done everything around the home by herself. She is bent and wrinkled from her tasks and the hot Judean sun.

The old woman sees the fear and uncertainty in Rebekah's small face. She seems rigid and uncaring at first, but soon becomes Rebekah's protector. She is the only one who seems to care anything about the child. Hannah tries to keep the little girl away from harm, but cannot protect her from Mara's unpredictable temper tantrums.

Hannah provides one person in Rebekah's life that she feels she can trust, but one morning something happens that will change the little girl's path.