The modern-day Israeli Avraham makes his way from Israel to Greece and Italy, with foes at his heels. In Crete he discovers the tale of another Avraham, this one Italian and from the Renaissance, also fleeing from deadly enemies.
The story moves with the two Avrahams across four centuries and thousands of miles, pulling us into their lives of conflict, danger, friendship, and love.
Its author Avraham Avi-hai draws upon his rich professional cultural and academic background as well as his deeply rooted Jewish heritage to bring to life two men whose souls touch.
Ambassador Yehuda Avner, bestselling author of The Prime Ministers
MASTERPIECE … ADVENTURE, PASSION, MYSTERY
“Imagination, scholarship, and conviction flow easily through …this masterpiece of a novel …spanning 400 years of time and hundreds of miles of space. … historic fiction at its best. …A great story replete with adventure, romance, passion, and mystery…
PROVACATIVE … THOUGHTFUL … ARTFUL
“From the very beginning, Avraham finds himself in peril. He has stumbled upon rampant corruption among the ultra-Orthodox rabbi extremists, the very same … who “sanctioned” Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. …Under threat of death, he flees to Greece… (and) to Italy. On his way, he is entrusted with …the story of another Avraham, an Italian writing circa 1600. As the shared names suggest, both narrators experience morally comparable challenges …the face of relentless persecution. The Renaissance Avraham runs from the Inquisition. …a philosophically serious engagement with a historically significant theme: A thoughtful, provocative novel that artfully examines political obstacles to Jewish spirituality.”
Herb Krosney, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Gospel*
INSIGHT INTO CRITICAL PERIODS … INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN
“…intelligently written history and novel. The writing is marked by considerable erudition and good description. …A passionate reader of historical narratives, [I find] this one offers insight into critical periods of Jewish life, both in relation to Christian civilization and Islam, and also into forces that forge the dynamics of Jewish continuity.”
THE LOST GOSPEL: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS