The Dovekeepers (and Ancient Masada) Comes to CBS on March 31 & April 1


The Dovekeepers
Photo: Courtesy CBS Television Network

By Estelle Erasmus

My mother briefly lived in Israel, in Eliat, when she was a teenager, and waxes poetic over the beauty and abundance of the land. Eliat is now a resort town, combining sea and desert.

While I’ve never been to Israel yet (but hoping to vacation there next year), my hubby is going in May for business for the SECOND time, and tells me how much he enjoys the people and the land.

For now, I’ll have to dream about the food, the culture, and floating weightless and buoyant in the Dead Sea.

​That’s one reason I can’t wait to watch  The Dovekeepers series (based on the must-read bestselling novel by Alice Hoffman) on CBS on Tuesday March 31 and Wednesday April 1 from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm EST/PT.

The  show is  a four-hour limited series from Executive Producers Roma Downey (remember her from Touched by an Angel?)and Mark Burnett (he also produces a little show called Survivor, as well as The Voice).

It is a story, set in ancient Israel,  based on the true events about a group of extraordinary women (dovekeepers) whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada in 70 C.E.

The Dovekeepers
Photo: Courtesy CBS Television Network

After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The series recounts events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, and substantial secrets, but who are united in a common bond for survival.

The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada.

Here is a video:


 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. As always, all opinions and stories are my own.

14 thoughts on “The Dovekeepers (and Ancient Masada) Comes to CBS on March 31 & April 1”

  1. I really want to visit Israel, too. My daughter went on Birthright last year and my son’s going this year. I love Alice Hoffman and am definitely looking forward to watching this.

    1. My nieces both went on Birthright trips and have been back since. I really want to go now. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the movie, Lois.

  2. Given that my idea of good TV is something goofy that will leave me laughing, I am SO not the target audience for this series! But I do hope you get to Israel and that you love it.

  3. I’m looking forward to this, too. We were headed to Israel a few years ago and then Arab spring broke out at that exact time. We still want to go.

  4. I hope to get to Israel in the next few years. Husband went decades ago, don went on birthright and daughter on a leadership program. Thanks for the reminder about the DoveKeepers. Will record and watch it!

  5. I am really looking forward to this series. I set it to record last night.
    My husband and I have been talking about going to Israel for a year, I cannot wait to actually make the plans and go.

  6. I spent seven weeks in Israel during one high school summer with my Hebrew High School class. It was magical and I will someday go back. I spent one day climbing up and walking around Masada. It was inspirational and historical. The entire trip was a great gift from my parents and I will never forget it.

    I’m not sure how well this book will translate to a TV series but we shall see. I hope it does because it is a story that needs to be told well.

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