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About Amit Arad
In his youth he trained in various martial art styles - mainly full contact karate, and also boxing and Muay-Thai. Following his military service he became a martial arts coach and advanced to a Black Belt Dan 3 rank. Later when he becomes a writer he finds this knowledge valuable incorporating his martial arts expertise into his books.
He graduated from Tel Aviv University with bachelor's degrees in law and Economics and MBA, started working as a lawyer and thought this would be his direction in life.
But Amit had an idea to take, what was until then a must-read&use book in every home, a Yellow Pages book, and display it visually on maps on the Internet. So in 1998, he became a co-founder of a startup company, and together they invented a method to send maps online and present layers of information on them, which they called WhiteMaps. The commercial reality has not yet been ripe for the implementation of their invention, but luckily they have registered patents in the U.S. and Israel that they could sell a few years later for a significant amount.
Amit then held a number of management positions and was involved in ventures based on his original ideas. He even conducted a creative thinking workshop for martial arts trainers.
In 2008, he came across an article about the Judean Desert scrolls and was amazed to understand that he didn't know the truth about Judaism in the period of pre-Christianity. This discovery led him to an in-depth study of the period, which evolved into the understanding of the Maccabees Rebellion and the creation of the Hasmonean kingdom that dominated the land of Israel for a hundred years, and later on the performance of Christianity on the one hand and rabbinical Judaism on the other.
As a keen fan of historical novels and films based on historical novels, it was clear to Amit that it was the right way to tell and spread the story. But from here to writing a historical novel - the distance is huge. So he decided then to embark on a journey of personal development in which he has learned to write as a writer and not as an attorney. The result was the successful historical novel series "The Lions of Judea", and in between, he composed "The Experiment," a short and sweet novel that illustrates the slippery slope towards the future.
Today Amit is back to his profession as a lawyer while writing his next books.
Amit is happily married with four children, living near Tel-Aviv in Israel.
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