To remedy this, The Dovekeepers takes Josephus' account of The Jewish War and gives it a female perspective by focusing on three different women. In the CBS adaptation you'll meet Aziza, who wishes to be a warrior, but has to disguise herself as a man. There's also Shirah, who would probably be a religious leader if she was a man, but instead, her divine powers are considered witchcraft.
Finally, Yael has to flee to Masada because of her dark past. So Hoffman's book is, in a way, a feminist translation of Josephus' text, a text that largely ignores women; its focus is on the men of The Jewish War, the Roman emperors, and the Jewish rebellion leaders.
Hoffman's characterization of the women as politically powerless, but still significant to ancient Jewish society, is important and worthy of a TV adaptation — regardless of how historically accurate or not accurate Josephus' original text actually is. Premier Logo Created with Sketch. Login Follow Us.
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Fiction Book Review: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Scribner, $27 (p) ISBN
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