“This fascinating historical novel will enable the young generation to familiarize themselves with the history and legacy of our people, and better understand the solid foundations of their existence.” – Shimon Peres, ninth President of the State of Israel
The Maccabee Rebellion:
A Biblical Historical Novel (Lions of Judea Book 2)
A breathtaking glimpse into the period between the Bible and Christianity, during which the Maccabees revolted and established the Hasmonean kingdom. Fascinating Historical Novel about the son of the priests, Judah the Maccabee, who became warlord leading his people to an alliance with Ancient Rome and a brave rebellion against the Seleucid Empire. Although it’s the second book in the series Lions of Judea it stand alone.
No one believed they could survive, but they refused to forsake their faith
Judah Maccabee is no longer a youth, but a great warrior and the unchallenged leader of the Jewish People.
He leads his people to victory after victory on the fields of battle and diplomacy, shocking the leaders of the mighty Seleucid Empire.
Relentlessly, the armies of the empire are sent to crush the rebellion in Judea. They will do anything to eliminate the Maccabee army and suppress the Jewish faith.
But although the Maccabees are massively outnumbered, they have no choice but to overcome their foes. They know that their defeat would be the end of the Jewish People.
This is the incredible story of the Maccabees, who transformed a nation of rustic farmers and priests into a steel hard army which won eternal renown.
About the Author
Amit Arad, I was born in 1967 in Israel. I’m happily married with 4 great children.
In my youth I trained and competed in various martial art styles – mainly full contact karate, and also boxing and Muay-Thai. Following my military service (in Israel we must serve several years), I became a martial arts coach and advanced to a Black Belt Dan 3 rank. But I did not think I would be a writer, nor did I even imagine that one day I would incorporate my martial arts expertise into my books.
I graduated from Tel Aviv University with bachelor’s degrees in law and Economics and MBA, started working as a lawyer and thought this would be my direction in life.
But I had an idea to take, what was until then a must-read&use book in every home, a Yellow Pages book, and display it visually on maps on the Internet. So in 1998, I became a co-founder of a startup company, and together we invented a method to send maps online and present layers of information on them, which we called WhiteMaps. The commercial reality has not yet been ripe for the implementation of our invention, but luckily we have registered patents in the U.S. and Israel that we could sell a few years later for a significant amount.
And then, in 2008, I came across an article about the Judean Desert scrolls and I was amazed to understand that I didn’t know the truth about Judaism in the period of pre-Christianity. This discovery led me to an in-depth study of the period, which evolved into the understanding of the Maccabees Rebellion and the creation of the Hasmonean kingdom that dominated the land of Israel for a hundred years, and later on the performance of Christianity on the one hand and rabbinical Judaism on the other.
I also understood that the majority of the public, Jews and certainly not Jews, do not know the true story of the Maccabees Rebellion, which is an extraordinary heroic story, but also the outcome of events in the international arena, some of which even similar to reality today (the history repeats itself?!) and that the whole story can contribute to a better understanding of the world today.
As a keen fan of historical novels and films based on historical novels, it was clear to me that it was the right way to tell and spread the story. But from here to writing a historical novel – the distance is huge. I have decided then to embark on a journey of personal development in which I have learned to write as a writer and not as an attorney. I was assisted by a number of first-class literary editors; I struggled, invested time and money, without compromise, in order to achieve a result of a high-quality historical novel.
The result was a historical novel in one volume published in 2014 in Hebrew, accompanied by YouTube videos. Readers ‘ comments and critics were positive but it was clear to me that my task would not be completed until the book will be translated into other languages, so many readers from all over the world can read, enjoy and learn. Again I went on a literary journey to English translation, assisted by the best professionals, in which the book was almost written and edited entirely. And so, in 2019, the story was published as a two-volume series in English and in 2020 as a single volume in Russian, while the copyright was sold to produce a series and feature film.
Today I’m back to my profession as a lawyer. In between, I composed “The Experiment,” a short futuristic novel that illustrates the slippery slope to the future, and stimulates thinking about our ability to influence our destiny. And yes, I’m also writing the next and third volume of the Lions of Judea series.
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