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Sacrifice
A Short Story by Vivian Zabel

      Ruben and Deborah return to Judea from the Caucasus Mountains, where many Hebrews had been taken as captives several hundred years before. Now, King Ahaz of Judea called for Ruben's father and family to return to Jerusalem. Barrack brought all his children and other descendants and what ever members of the village who wanted to go with him. However, when Ruben's young daughter wandered off during a mid-day break, Barrack insisted the group continue on their journey without the child.
      Living with their grief after not defying Barrack, the couple try to rebuild their lives after escaping his presence. But, what other sacrifices must be made in their new home where the king promotes sacrificing children to an idol?

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