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Herod

by Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has taught both Roman and Jewish history at the universities of Birmingham and Oxford. Among his many books are Rome and Jerusalem and The Roman World, 44 BC-AD 180.

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Jesus: A Trimuph of the Jewish Imagination

by Jack Miles

Jack Miles

Jack Miles is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of God: A Biography.

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Jesus

by Jack Miles

Jack Miles

Jack Miles is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of God: A Biography.

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Moses Preview
November 22, 2016
224 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300209624

Moses: A Human Life

by Avivah Zornberg

"A celebrated biblical scholar, keen on weaving together traditional Jewish exegesis, psychoanalysis and postmodern criticism, Zornberg always displays minute attention to the psychological subtext of the Scriptures....Bringing together copious, diverse and sometimes dissonant references (spanning Hasidic masters, George Eliot, Zizek and Beckett, among others), Zornberg gives a new tour of the life of Moses."—Clemence Boulouque, New York Times Book Review

"A rich, erudite study of Moses... Readers are introduced to nuanced yet eye-opening new views and interpretations of otherwise familiar texts.... A meaty, worthwhile biography by a great interpreter of Jewish texts."—Kirkus Review, Starred Review

“Only Avivah Zornberg could tell the story of Moses in such a way as to situate him on the very cusp of the sacred and the human while showing how completely he participates in both. Only Zornberg has the prodigious scholarship to draw out from her sources the uniquely anguished and creative energy of Moses’ life. In doing so she makes a plea for a Jewish ethics grounded in the outsider, the one who stutters and falls, while at the same time returning Moses as a fully modern prophet to the modern world.”—Jacqueline Rose, author of The Last Resistance and Women in Dark Times

“The author has perfected a distinctive approach to the biblical text that is both traditional and post-modern, playful and profound, imaginative but also truthful.”—Steven Weitzman, author of Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom

Moses: A Human Life challenges readers to see Moses in an original and thought-provoking way — not as a leader or a prophet, but as a man whose disabilities and conflicts make him uniquely qualified to speak for God and to achieve God’s purpose.... Zornberg illustrates a touching picture of a man whose speech is limited but reaches his people — God’s chosen people — and others as well." —Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council

Avivah Zornberg

Avivah Zornberg
Joan Roth

Dr. Zornberg is the author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire, for which she won the National Jewish Book Award; The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus; and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious . She lives in Jerusalem and lectures throughout the world, in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

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March 14, 2017
241 P., 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
9780300204872

Rabbi Akiva

by Barry Holtz

"Lively and thought-provoking.... A moving portrait of a humble intellectual giant....As with other volumes in the Jewish Lives series, this biography works for experts and neophytes alike." -Publishers Weekly

"Well-read in the relevant literature, possessed of a lucid prose style, aiming to please all serious readers, Holtz sculpts a figure as lovable as he was loving." -Booklist

Barry Holtz

Barry W. Holtz is Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is author of five previous books and the recipient of a National Jewish Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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David  The Divided Heart Preview
September 15, 2014
184 P.,
9780300188783

David: The Divided Heart

by David Wolpe

David Wolpe’s fascination with his namesake brings to life in stunning clarity why King David is the most beloved man in the Bible, and why Wolpe defends “the stubborn integrity of the divided heart.”--Moment Magazine

"A sensitive and utterly unsparing reading of the most attractive and least edifying character in the Hebrew Bible."
“A lovely book (whose) power is in its artistry.”—Walter Brueggemann, Christian Century

"This is an excellent study of the most fascinating character in the Old Testament."—Wall Street Journal

"Engaging . . . Wolpe’s often-surprising asides and examples illustrate how the story echoes throughout our culture . . . Boring has no place in David’s story, or in this lively and thoughtful appreciation of that story."—Los Angeles Review of Books --Jack Miles

"A portrait of David that is vibrant and nuanced, full of the complications that marked his life."--Jewish Week

"How can a man who murders his lover's husband in order to cover up an adulterous affair be fit to be king? . . . Wolpe gently and gracefully explores the many facets—king, sinner, father, lover, and husband, among others—that together create David's outsized personality . . . In the end, the author observes, contemporary readers identify with David so well because he is full of contradictions, and he is great because of this complexity, not in spite of it."—Publishers Weekly

David Wolpe

David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe is the leader of the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, the largest Conservative congregation west of the Mississippi River. He is the author of seven books, including the national best-seller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

AUTHOR EVENTS:

November 3 Hollywood Literary Retreat, Santa Monica Click Here
November 4 Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal, Canada
November 9 Georgetown Synagogue (Washington, DC)
November 13 Jewish Book Fair, San Diego JCC
November 16 UC Santa Barbara
December 3 Pepperdine University
December 7 Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Listen to David Wolpe discuss his book on David with Tablet's Sara Ivry CLICK HERE

Watch David Wolpe in conversation with Abigail Pogrebin discussing David: The Divided Heart CLICK HERE

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 Jewish Lives Biography / Book on Solomon; King , Biblical Figure  Preview
March 14, 2011
240 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300137187

Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom

by Steven Weitzman

"An engrossing, elegant and erudite exegesis of the quest for knowledge — and an examination of where wisdom originates, the shapes it takes, the Faustian bargains it often makes and the tragic end to which it often comes."-Glenn Altschuler, Forward

"Steve Weitzman turns the challenge of writing a biography of King Solomon into a meditation on the quest for unattainable knowledge, an enterprise equally embodied in the figure of Solomon in Scripture and in legend. There is something deeply human about this appealing book of intellectual distinction." Robert Alter

"A thoroughly entertaining treatment of a controversial topic." Publishers Weekly

"In looking anew at Solomon’s life, [Weitzman] offers answers to many questions about the accomplished and wise king, and writes of Solomon’s significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims." Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week

"Weitzman captures the longstanding ambivalence regarding the pursuit of knowledge that has troubled many a Western imagination and that continues to the present day." Eve Levavi Feinstein, Jewish Ideas Daily

“Weitzman, a biblical scholar, uses all the latest research garnered from archaeological digs and literary history to try and unravel the mysterious personage of the fabled king.” Catholic Herald

Steven Weitzman

Steven Weitzman is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. He was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in the Humanities for his first book, Song and Story in Biblical Narrative.

Weitzman What Matters to Me and Why

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013. 12:00 PM. Location:Stanford University, Common Room in the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences
(Old Union 3rd Floor)

HEAR WEITZMAN SPEAK ABOUT SOLOMON AND BIOGRAPHY AT CUNY: Start at 4:08min

For a documentary shown on PBS about a recent archaeological discovery bearing on Solomon's mines CLICK HERE

For Steven Weitzman’s response to the alleged discovery CLICK HERE

For the alleged recent discovery of a Solomonic wall in Jerusalem CLICK HERE

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Jacob book/ Unexpected Patriarch/ Jewish Lives Biography Series Preview
October 30, 2012
1 P., 5.5" x 8.25"

Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch

by Yair Zakovitch

“...an engaging analysis of one of the Bible’s most complex figures.” Kirkus Review

"A most eloquently provocative and detailed reconstruction of the 'life story' of the biblical patriarch."--Choice

"A profound, unsparing, and deeply learned look at a character who demonstrates the uneasy and charismatic qualities of a flawed hero...In [this] gripping exegesis, we see Jacob as alternately courageous, cunning, self-pitying, faithful, and distrustful." David Wolpe, Weekly Standard

"Zakovitch has provided us with a brilliant analytical biography utilizing traditional rabbinic sources, ancient Near Eastern literature, non-canonical biblical books, modern critical techniques, and incisive hermeneutical interpretation. The scholar will appreciate the nuances and the neophyte will be enthralled by new discoveries." Wallace Greene, Jewish Book World

"Zakovitch draws a colorful picture of the complex and enigmatic patriarch, whose story is essential for understanding the traditions of ancient Hebrews regarding their early days. This is an irreplaceable, must-read book for whomever is interested in the Hebrew Bible and the history of ancient Israel.” Israel Finkelstein, author of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

Yair Zakovitch

Valerie Zakovitch

Yair Zakovitch is Emeritus Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor of Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is author of numerous commentaries and monographs on the Hebrew Bible, and co-author (with Avigdor Shinan) of two Israeli bestsellers. He lives in Israel.