It is curious that this book is not as widely known as other jewish classics of the same era, but some who have discovered. Buy this book guidall gives a spirited, almost theatrical. This guide is designed to stimulate thoughtful discussion about the central themes, historical period, and theological questions presented in milton steinbergs as a driven leaf. Watch the great talmudic sages at work in the sanhedrin. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 480 pages and is available in paperback format. The practicing rabbi and historian milton steinberg wrote many books throughout his career, but only one of them was a piece of fiction. The age of the talmud is brought to life in a breathtaking saga. As a driven leaf by rabbi milton steinberg notes and. As a driven leaf i bought this book for a book discussion group and am not disappointed. Taking a small side character from the talmud the long, complex discussion of the torah by generations of rabbis through history steinberg imagines the. A bestseller since 1940, as a driven leaf is based on the life of elisha ben abuyah and his struggle to reconcile rabbinic judaism both culturally and philosophically with 2 nd century greek hellenistic society. As a driven leaf is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy. The writing is so fresh that its difficult to believe that it was written in 1939.
As a driven leaf at first seems to be a fairly dreary philosophic novel, outlining firstcentury rabbi elisha ben abuyahs education, views, and eventual crisis of faith. It is an historical fiction about elisha ben abuyah, a rabbi who lived in the time soon after christ, who was a member of the sanhedrin until his excommunication, and lived most of his life in antioch, syria. As a driven leaf is a 1939 novel by milton steinberg based on the life of elisha ben abuyah. As a driven leaf was recommended to me by a rabbi who teaches an jewish adult education course that i am taking.
Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. As a driven leaf is a magnificent work of historical fiction. New e book loose leaf business driven information systems free of charge. Taking a small side character from the talmud the long. Wolpe, the second from author chaim potok, originally written in 1996.
Synagogues everywhere are adopting as a driven leaf for group study. Just as the listener begins to doze, though, the book morphs into a 1950s movie epic think charlton heston, as elisha leaves jerusalem and encounters the roman empire in all. It was eloquently written and should be enjoyed by people from all denominations. The first edition of the novel was published in 1939, and was written by milton steinberg. As a driven leaf is a 1939 novel by milton steinberg based on the life of elisha ben abuyah steinbergs novel wrestles with the 2nd century jewish struggle to reconcile rabbinic judaism both culturally and philosophically with greek hellenistic society. Set in roman palestine, it draws its readers into the culture and drama of rabbinic judaism.
As i finished page 480, i immediately turned to the first page and started over. Pdf as a driven leaf book by milton steinberg free download. As a driven leaf audiobook abridged listen instantly. Leaders discussion guide for as a driven leaf behrman. It is a book which should appeal to the market of lion. Pdf as a driven leaf book by milton steinberg free. As a driven leaf news newspapers books scholar jstor july 2019. As a driven leaf is full of lessons, sadness, joy, and selfdiscovery for elisha as well as for this reader. One new, by the renowned american rabbi, rabbi david j. Book group and textual exploration with rabbi jordi zoom upcoming sessions.
As a driven leaf tells a story loosely based on the life of elisha ben abuyah, a rabbi in palestine in the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 ad. Greenleaf publishing, a leading publisher in the areas of responsible management, ethics and social responsibility has recently joined routledge, enabling the further development and strengthening of the list and improved international impact. As a driven leaf was a very moving, thought provoking and spiritual book. As a driven leaf is beautifully written and will leave you intrigued and wanting more from this thoughtful author, or at least for the book to never end. The main characters of this historical, historical fiction story are.
The book is available at all major book stores in israel and online with yediot sefarim. Jewish ideas daily daily features as a driven leaf. One of the few novels of literary quality written by a practicing rabbi, it is also unusual for what it accomplishes. Basically, this book was written for me, so its not surprising that i loved it. Milton steinberg, new foreword by rabbi david wolpe. Rabbi milton steinbergs classic work, as a driven leaf, contains numerous sources, many overt and many covert. It is a gripping tale of the renegade talmudic sage, elisha ben abuyah, caught in a personal struggle between his own faith and the compelling culture of rome, circa 70 ce.
As a driven leaf is an historical novel that brings to life the age of the talmud. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The characters include the wellknown historical figures. Since being reissued in 1996, with a new foreword by chaim potok, this classic novel has found a receptive audience in an entirely new generation of readers. There are excellent books that ive read repeatedly. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of as a driven leaf by milton steinberg. I gleaned a lot of historical information about judaism, the greeks and romans as well as spiritual knowledge from the author. The protagonist, elisha ben abuyah, a talmudic rabbi in the first half of the. Free download or read online as a driven leaf pdf epub book. As a driven leaf by milton steinberg 1996, paperback for.
As a driven leaf by milton steinberg 9780876689943. Mar 19, 2010 for the generations of readers to whom as a driven leaf has given expression to their own spiritual struggles, this new, posthumously published book is sure to prompt new investigations into. This detailed literature summary also contains topics for discussion and a free quiz on as a. In elishas struggle, steinberg speculates about questions and events that may have driven such a man to apostasy, and addresses questions. The protagonist, elisha ben abuyah, a talmudic rabbi in the first half of the second century, was excommunicated for heresy. As a driven leaf audiobook milton steinberg audible. Two weeks ago we were studying the mitzvot commandments, and we looked closely at the one in deuteronomy 22. As a driven leaf book by milton steinberg 3 available. Steinberg paints a picture of life in ancient israel during the time of the roman occupation just prior to the final days of the judean war that answers so many questions of those of us who only knew the period through religious readings. It tells the story of the various ways of jewish belief and practice in a nonscholarly way through the lives of fictional characters who are very likeable and understandable.
As a driven leaf by milton steinberg and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. As a driven leaf is a novel in which fictional and historical characters comfortably coexist. It chronicles a quest for the truth that ultimately founders on the rocks of disillusionment. The magnificent work of modern fiction that brings the age of the talmud to life. As a driven leaf milton steinberg shes probably at the. Set in roman palestine, as a driven leaf draws readers into the dramatic era of rabbinic judaism. Brings to life a little know time of ancient israel. I skipped two brutal scenes near the end of the novel, one involving a lion and the other a flaying. The second home by christina clancy a surefooted ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness.
For as a driven leaf it is worth making an exception, though, because this is an extraordinary novel in so many ways. As a driven leaf is a historical novel set in roman palestine. The forward by chaim potok is also beautifully written. As a driven leaf by steinberg, milton, 1939, the bobbsmerrill company edition, in english. In his illuminating foreword, specially commissioned for this edition, chaim potok stresses the contemporary relevance of as a driven leaf. The extraordinary success of the nazarene will in a sense pave the way for this book, which also has a palestinian setting, and a religious motive. This masterpiece of modern fiction tells the gripping tale of renegade talmudic sage elisha ben abuyahs struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of hellenistic culture.1483 943 1440 49 1429 976 66 697 1067 1058 931 446 1520 6 66 1346 389 102 1279 203 1265 1413 851 1039 619 1080 1292 981 564 1053 834 739 868 267 118 1318 656 498 264 755