As a Driven Leaf

As a Driven Leaf

The age of the Talmud is brought to life in a breathtaking saga. This masterpiece of modern fiction tells the gripping tale of renegade talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture. Set in Roman Palestine, As a Driven Leaf draws readers into the dramatic era of Rabbinic Judaism. Watch the great Talmudic sages at work in the Sanhedrin, eavesdrop on their arguments about theology and Torah, and agonize with them as they contemplate rebellion against an oppressive Roman rule. But Steinberg's classic novel also transcends its historical setting with its depiction of a timeless, perennial feature of the Jewish experience: the inevitable conflict between the call of tradition and the glamour of the surrounding culture. In his illuminating foreword, specially commissioned for this edition, Chaim Potok stresses the contemporary relevance of As a Driven Leaf: This novel of ideas and passions. . . retains its ability to enter the heart of pious and seeking Jew alike. Synagogues everywhere are adopting As a Driven Leaf for group study.

Title:As a Driven Leaf
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780874411034
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About Milton Steinberg

American author, philosopher, rabbi, teacher, and theologian


    As a Driven Leaf Reviews

  • Michael Fishman

    One of the books that forever changed the way I look at the world. I only gave it a 4-star rating because there are parts where it drags on. But the meat-and-potatoes of it are stellar.Perhaps one of ...

  • Maya

    Forward by Chaim PotokThe novel, based on Talmudic sources, admittedly heavily embellished and not holding strictly to pure factual occurrences, follows the life of Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah, a Jew livi...

  • Maggie Anton

    I first read this novel before I studied Talmud, so I didn't realize it was based on actual Jewish texts. I was fascinated by Steinberg's descriptions of life in Roman Palestine, especially how the J...

  • Chrisl

    6/2/18 - Starting re-read, felt a connection with Williams' Stoner. Maybe it's just the wife.Stoner**Many decades ago, I explored the religion ... wasn't my path to be, but impressive passion ...Here ...

  • Salem

    Basically, this book was written for me, so it's not surprising that I loved it.As a Driven Leaf was recommended to me by a rabbi who teaches an Jewish adult education course that I am taking. Two wee...

  • AdiTurbo

    This book has left me with a melancholy feeling and lots of pity for a man who was a free thinker, and who had suffered greatly because of it. As a Jew, I enjoyed learning more about the history of my...

  • Lauren

    I read this book for a course in college, and it spoke volumes to me. An amazing historical account of the rabbinic age during Roman occupation. I have only read it once, but I remember it so fondly. ...

  • Paula  Obermeier McCarty

    This book was engrossing and hard to put down. The whole struggle to find a solid personal philosophical/spiritual foundation in the middle of conflicting cultures and beliefs was fascinating. However...

  • Helen

    I read this back in high school a thousand years ago, as all my friends did. Rabbi Elisha Ben Abuya is one of the most tragic and charismatic characters in historical Judaism. One of four legendary Mi...

  • Tami

    It took me a while to get through this book, but I'm so glad I did! In his book, Steinberg fictionalizes the life of Elisha, a rabbi of the Sanhedrin and sage who lived in Palestine after the destruct...