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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    As a Driven Leaf

    This book is a marvelous period piece set in the late 1st century in Palestine. The author takes a rabbinical figure (Elisha ben Yehuda)who was excommunicated, and creates a narrative that describes how this person possibly became disillusioned. There's some fascinating philosophical discussions that contrasts the Jewish point of view with Greek thought. Although the writing may not be at a great literary level, I thought the author told a compelling story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Elisha ben Abuya does not do Teshuvah

    Ihad heard so much about this book that I thought it would be a work of great spiritual inspiration.I thought it would question the Tradition in the deepest way in order to affirm it. To my surprise the spirit of the heretic pervades and overwhelms the book. The life is long and interesting to a point. Then somewhere along the way it seems much of the same, and without real inspiration and faith . I too had thought there would be much more Jewish learning in the book than there is .Still it is a very readable story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A Troubled Soul

    This book gives the reader a good historical perspective of Rabbibic Judaism during the time Rome ruled Palestine. The author does a good job of drawing the reader into both the internal and external struggles Elisha the sage encounters when he abandons his faith, and spends a tragic life attempting to replace faith with scientific and philosophical reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    makes talmudic figures come to life

    This is the tragic and disturbing story of Elisha son of Abuya, a great sage turned heretic. The author portrays the rabbis of the talmud as real people. One comes away with a picture of Akiva, Joshua, Eliezer, Meir, Gamliel and Beruria. One also gains a picture of the political and intellectual challenges for Jews in Roman Palestine. This alone makes it worthwhile reading. If you study Talmud but can't seem to get a clear picture in your head of what sort of situation these rabbis were living in, this is a good book to read.

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