Welcome to Harry Freedman Books. On these pages you can find details of my books, and information on what else is to come.
My latest book is The Murderous History of Bible Translations. It will be published by Bloomsbury early in 2016. It's astonishing just how controversial the apparently innocent act of translating the bible has been. People have been excomunicated, ostracised and yes, even killed for it. Even once the violence subsided, as the world entered a more enlightened age, translating the Bible remained controversial. It can also be big business, as one of the final chapters shows. The whole subject is fascinating ; I am sure that you will agee that the book is well worth reading!
My last book was The Talmud: A Biography, published by Bloomsbury in February 2014. The Talmud is the religious and legal pillar of Judaism. Containing nearly 2,000,000 words in thirty seven volumes, it covers topics as diverse as law, faith, medicine, magic, ethics, sex, humour and prayer. It is a highly complex, profoundly logical and frequently impenetrable work with a history like no other. In its 1,500 year history the Talmud has been banned, censored and burnt, dissected by scholars and rabbis, probed by philosophers, poets, republicans and kings. Its story is a fascinating insight into the history of Judaism. You can visit the book's website at www.talmudbiography.com.
My other books include:
The Gospels' Veiled Agenda, which looks at the authorship of the Gospels. The writers were Jews, they were steeped in their native culture and the best way to understand their works is to approach them in context. When we do, we discover all sorts of hidden ideas and motifs in the Gospels. Including the identity of the Holy Grail!
The Yavneh Trilogy, of which, the first book, Jerusalem Imperilled, was published in November 2011. The trilogy is set in the middle of the 1st Century in the Roman province of Judea, the homeland of the Jews and birthplace of Jesus. The story is fictional but many of the characters are real. The 1st Century was a time of tremendous political, cultural and religious upheaval in the Middle East, we still feel the effect of its events today. The destruction of the Jewish Temple by the Romans forced Judaism to reinvent itself and had a direct impact on the evolution of the new Christian faith. It was a tumultuous century, marked by extreme violence and profound intellectualism. It is when the seeds of Western civilisation were sown. For better or worse.
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