The Red Tent has achieved classic status even though it was first published barely a dozen years ago. It was recently reprinted in a 10th anniversary edition. It is a misnomer to call it Christian fiction, because it features characters and storyline from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Christian Old Testament), and the Jewish author’s earlier works were non-fiction treatments of contemporary Jewish life. This speaks to the commonality in the cultural and historical threads of Christianity and Judaism that should be emphasized, and the novel has been well-received in both traditions:
A richly imagined world … Paints a vivid picture of what women’s society might have resembled during Biblical times. Although it is a novel, it is also an extended midrash or exegesis – filling in gaps left by the Biblical text. Quoted from the Jewish Times.