A Labor of Love: Retired Professor and Psychologist Publishes Her Late Husbandâ€™s Book
By Michelle Talsma Everson -
Sunday May 22, 2022
Rosalyn M. Meadow, Ph.D. describes her late husband of 55 years, Stephen Troub Meadow, as â€œThe epitome of what a human should be.â€ For three decades, he researched and began the process of writing his book titled The Creation of the Jewish People; a book that Rosalyn compiled and published posthumously in his honor. It is available on Amazon and all proceeds from the book are donated to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Creation Of The Jewish People challenges the traditional theories of the origin of the Hebrew people. â€œThe book contends that the compiling of the Hebrew Bible stories was created by a merger of the history and practices of the clans, tribes, religious leaders, and Biblical authors. Their intent was to persuade the illiterate masses to adopt a system of universal law to resolve the class and ethnic conflicts among mutually hostile clans and tribes dwelling in the Land of Israel,â€ according to the description. â€œMeadow reveals how the Hebrew Bible stories united the often-hostile clans and tribes into one people following Universal Law and worshipping One God. Thus, former enemies would henceforth regard themselves as â€˜one family,â€™ with the same history, laws, customs, and religion.â€
â€œSteve was my beloved husband of 55 years,â€ Rosalyn writes in the bookâ€™s forward message. â€œIn addition to his ability to write this important and fascinating book, he had a great capacity for empathy, intellectual acumen, and profound insight into the human condition.â€
Rosalyn recalls that Steveâ€™s decades of research for the book included communicating with researchers, authors and professors who had studied in this area as well as attending multiple conferences. He studied Greek mythology, Middle Eastern rituals, and the Holy Scriptures repeatedly. This was all while leading a successful career in securities law. When he passed in 2019, she knew that she wanted to compile his research into a book to honor his memory.
â€œIt took a lot of energy and effort, but emotionally was very restorative and helpful,â€ Rosalyn shares about publishing the book. â€œPutting together the book was a giftâ€”it gave me purpose, focus, and reminded me how much I loved him.â€
While the book is available on Amazon, Rosalynâ€™s dream is to get it on the shelves at libraries, colleges, and universities.