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As a Driven Leaf
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Jason Aronson Inc
Publication date December 1, 1987
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780876689943
ISBN-10 0876689942
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.80 lbs.
Original list price $110.00
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Summary
Relates the story of Elish ben Abuyah, a talmudic rabbi who turns to Greek philosophy in his search for a rational explanation for religious faith, is excommunicated by the Sanhedrin, and betrays his former associates in the rabbinate to the Romans
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A spirited classic of American Jewish literature, a historical novel about ancient sage-turned-apostate Elisha ben Abuyah in the late first century C.E. At the heart of the tale are questions about faith and the loss of faith and the repression and rebellion of the Jews of Palestine. Elisha is a leading scholar in Palestine, elected to the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish court in the land. But two tragedies awaken doubt about God in Elisha's mind, and doubt eats away at his faith. Declared a heretic and excommunicated from the Jewish community, he journeys to Antioch in nearby Syria to begin a quest through Greek and Roman culture for some fundamental irrefutable truth. The pace of the narrative picks up as Elisha directly encounters the full force of the ancient Romans' all-consuming culture. Ultimately, Elisha is forced by the power of Rome to choose between loyalty to his people, who are rebelling against the emperor's domination, and loyalty to his own quest for truth.―Publishers Weekly

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Hardcover
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from Jason Aronson Inc (December 1, 1987)
9780876689943 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $110.00
About: Relates the story of Elish ben Abuyah, a talmudic rabbi who turns to Greek philosophy in his search for a rational explanation for religious faith, is excommunicated by the Sanhedrin, and betrays his former associates in the rabbinate to the Romans
Paperback
Book cover for 9780874410747 Book cover for 9780874411034
 
from Behrman House (June 1, 2039)
9780874410747 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $14.95
With Chaim Potok | from Behrman House (March 1, 1996)
9780874411034 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $18.95
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781893079281
 
With George Guidall | Abridged edition from Jewish Contemporary Classics Inc (June 18, 2007)
9781893079281 | details & prices | List price $49.95
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781893079045
 
Abridged edition from Jewish Contemporary Classics Inc (September 1, 2002)
9781893079205 | details & prices | 5.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $50.95
About: "As A Driven Leaf" is a novel in which fictional and historical characters comfortably coexist.
With George Guidall (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Jewish Contemporary Classics Inc (August 1, 2000)
9781893079045 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $39.95
About: Elish ben Abuyah, a talmudic rabbi who turns to Greek philosophy in his search for a rational explanation for religious faith, is excommunicated by the Sanhedrin, and betrays his former associates in the rabbinate to the Romans.

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