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F
euchtyvanger
, L
io n
.
Josephus. New York, the Viking Press, 1932. 504 p.
The Jew of Rome. New York, The Viking Press, 1936, 565 p. Josephus
and the emperor. New York, The Viking Press, 1942, 446 p.
A trilogy by a notable historical novelist about the Jewish historian
who started as a Jewish patriot and then went over to the side of Rome
in its war with the Jews. Usually portrayed as a villain, Josephus is,
in Mr. Feuchtwanger's interpretation, a man of sensitivity and under-
standing of the power conflicts of his time.
* F
ish e r
, V
ard is
.
The island of the innocent. Denver, Allen Swallow, 1956.
448 p.
First published in 1952, this is one of a series of novels in a group
called “The Testament of Man” and is a work of fiction about “Greek
and Jew in the time of the Maccabees.” It describes what Mr. Fisher
calls “the first religious war in history” and “the most important
struggle in history for Western civilization.” It recounts the battle
of the Maccabees, outnumbered by 100 to one, against Syrian mercenaries.
* O
p a t o sh u
, J
o s e p h
.
The last revolt. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication
Society, 1952. 307 p.
An account of the Jewish rebellion against Rome, led by Bar
Kochba and supported by Rabbi Akiba.
S
ackler
, H
a r r y
.
Festival at Meron. New York, Covici, Friede, 1935. 424 p.
Mr. Sackler’s protagonist is “a spiritual warrior,” Simeon bar Yohai,
a leader in the Jewish revolt against Rome in the 2nd century. In
this book, the author deals with mysticism as well as warfare and
recreates the conflicts of a violent era.
* S
a m u e l
, M
a u r ic e
.
The second crucifixion. New York, Alfred A. Knopf,
1960. 373 p.
The noted American-Jewish author, Maurice Samuel, here under-
takes, in a work of fiction, to demonstrate that in Hadrian's Rome,
in the 2nd century, anti-Semitism is Christendom’s “second crucifixion.”
His heroine is a Jewish girl adopted by a Roman family who, learn-
ing she is Jewish, joins the Roman Jewish community.
* S
h a m ir
, M
o sh e
.
The king of flesh and blood. New York, Vanguard, 1958.
542 p.
The “king of flesh and blood” was Alexander Yannai, who ruled
in the Hasmonean days in Jewish history, from 103 to 76 B.C.E. It
covers the period of the Maccabees to the Roman conquest of an
earlier Jewish commonwealth.
* S
t e in b erg
, M
il t o n
.
As
a
driven leaf. New York, Behrman House, 1946.
480 p.
First published in 1939, this philosophic novel analyzes the religious
conflicts of Elisha Ben Abuyah, a Jewish scholar and mystic, who
rejected Judaism and affiliated himself with Rome and her values,
toward the end of the first century.
THE MIDDLE AGES
* F
e u c h tw a n g e r
, L
io n
.
Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo. New York, New
American Library, 1957. 379 p.
Alfonso VIII, King of Castile in 12th century Spain, takes as his
mistress a beautiful girl named Raquel, the daughter of his Finance
Minister. Mr. Feuchtwanger, in telling this love story, also writes of
the plight of the Jews of Spain.