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The historic Books of Maccabees were written two thousand years ago. In this excellent two-part history covering the period of 180s BCE to the 160s BCE, Amit Arad delves deeply into the historic material which provides not only necessary information about the era and historic characters but greatly enhances the fast paced, truly gripping work. . . .
Descriptive passages, colorful characters, and realistic scenes, ranging from Jerusalem and the Temple, to the hills of Judea, and from vivid battle scenes to intense relationships, treat the reader to view an important and quintessential period of Jewish life under Greek rule. Excellent and highly recommended! -Amazon Review
When one falls
The other rises…
Jerusalem, 180 BCE. For 800 years the Zadokite priesthood has led the Jewish People. But the world is changing. Without, Rome is rising, crushing the other powers of the ancient world beneath it. Within, a power struggle inside the House of Zadok is a golden opportunity for interlopers, who seek to unseat them from the throne. The delicate balance which has allowed the Jewish Nation to survive in this age of Empires is threatened.
On the background of these tumultuous times, Judah, scion of a minor priestly lineage, comes of age in Judea. While experiencing love, friendship, and conflict he slowly transforms into the warrior and leader his people are waiting for.
This is the incredible story of Matityahu the Priest, Judah Maccabee and his brothers, and the Hellenizer Eupolemus. Together, they embark on a struggle for the survival of the Jewish people against the powerful Seleucid Empire.
“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
“This book has everything: a fascinating plot, matter of fact, up to date and fast paced writing, and above all else: it brings to life “one of the most important and most dramatic periods in the history of Judaism and the Jewish People.” – Havatzelet Ferber, Makor Rishon
About the Author
Amit Arad, born in 1967, Israel. In his youth Amit trained in various martial art styles – full contact karate, boxing and Muay Thai . Following his military service, Amit became a martial arts trainer and advanced to a Black Belt Dan 3 rank.
Amit graduated from Tel Aviv University with bachelor’s degrees in law and Economics and MBA.
In 2010 Amit decided to take a time out and devote himself to research and write the historical novel series “Lions of Judea”. The first novel was published in 2014 in Hebrew in Israel, accompanied by online movies in both Hebrew and English. Few years later, the first & second novels were published in 2019 in English.
Amit currently runs a lawyer office and lectures on his book and the Maccabee period.