Milton Steinberg: As A Driven Leaf

(Fiction, 480 pp. 1939)

This classic historical novel, written by an American rabbi, draws readers into the era of the great rabbis of the Talmud. At its center is the renegade sage Elisha ben Abuyah, whose doubts lead him to search for answers in the Greek and Roman world, with dramatic consequences.

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Review by Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2, 2015

Review by Marissa Brostoff, Tablet Magazine, March 19, 2010
 

Reading:
"Milton Steinberg, American Rabbi -- Thoughts on His Centenary" by Jonathan Steinberg, Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 95, no. 3, Summer 2005: