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About Amit Arad
Amit graduated from Tel Aviv University with bachelor's degrees in law and Economics and MBA.
In 2010 Amit decided to take a time out and devote himself to research and write the historical novel series "Lions of Judea". The first novel was published in 2014 in Hebrew in Israel, accompanied by online movies in both Hebrew and English. Few years later, the first & second novels were published in 2019 in English.
Amit currently runs a lawyer office and lectures on his book and the Maccabee period.
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When one falls
The other rises…
Jerusalem, 180 BCE. For 800 years the Zadokite priesthood has led the Jewish People. But the world is changing. Without, Rome is rising, crushing the other powers of the ancient world beneath it. Within, a power struggle inside the House of Zadok is a golden opportunity for interlopers, who seek to unseat them from the throne. The delicate balance which has allowed the Jewish Nation to survive in this age of Empires is threatened.
On the background of these tumultuous times, Judah, scion of a minor priestly lineage, comes of age in Judea. While experiencing love, friendship, and conflict he slowly transforms into the warrior and leader his people are waiting for.
This is the incredible story of Matityahu the Priest, Judah Maccabee and his brothers, and the Hellenizer Eupolemus. Together, they embark on a struggle for the survival of the Jewish people against the powerful Seleucid Empire.
No one believed they could survive, but they refused to forsake their faith
Judah Maccabee is no longer a youth, but a great warrior and the unchallenged leader of the Jewish People.
He leads his people to victory after victory on the fields of battle and diplomacy, shocking the leaders of the mighty Seleucid Empire.
Relentlessly, the armies of the empire are sent to crush the rebellion in Judea. They will do anything to eliminate the Maccabee army and suppress the Jewish faith.
But although the Maccabees are massively outnumbered, they have no choice but to overcome their foes. They know that their defeat would be the end of the Jewish People.
This is the incredible story of the Maccabees, who transformed a nation of rustic farmers and priests into a steel hard army which won eternal renown.
His army counts highly trained veteran soldiers and officers. Opposite them, an uprising is
being conducted by farmers and priests, people lacking any kind of military preparation and experience in battle.
Priests of War allows us a glimpse into the heart of the dramatic events that took place in the Land of Israel as a result of King Antiochus IV’s decrees to end Jewish tradition.
The author of the historical novel series Lions of Judea helps us get acquainted with some of the main characters who played the leading roles, together with a taste of the wonderful pace and action typical of his work.