Books by Jonathan Kirsch

Released: May 6, 2013

"A compelling study of 'a spectral figure whose real nature remains a mystery and whose historical significance is profoundly enigmatic.'"
Biblical scholar and Los Angeles Times columnist Kirsch (The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God, 2008, etc.) examines a forgotten young Jewish assassin, eliciting new queries about Jewish armed resistance during World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Pulp critique of the ever-popular End Times."
Literary critic and publishing lawyer Kirsch (God Against the Gods, 2004, etc.) adds yet another volume to the sprawling corpus of work on the New Testament Book of Revelation. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 2004

"Old stories ineffectively told. Now, monotheism vs. monotheism: therein hangs a tale. . . ."
An unsatisfying survey of dogmatic doings in the ancient world by a popularizer of matters biblical. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Good for entirely ignorant souls seeking a shallow survey of piquant Jewish historical moments and characters. Serious readers should look elsewhere."
This mishmash of history and biblical scholarship attempts to counter current prevalent stereotypes of Jews and assumptions about Judaism. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Chalk one up for the Philistines."
A biographical narrative, in which lawyer, journalist, and amateur Bible student Kirsch (Moses, 1998) aims to strip away the pious gloss that later editors have allegedly added to the Bible. Read full book review >
MOSES by Jonathan Kirsch
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Discounting its grandiose self-image, this book can serve as an undemanding introduction to biblical narrative and its diverse interpreters. (Author tour)"
A journalist and amateur biblical exegete proclaims as striking news what diligent readers of that ancient text have long known: that its tales include many that appear to violate its own moral teachings. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1997

"A retelling for those so unfamiliar with the sex and violence in the Bible that they think it merits a PG rating. (Author tour)"
An amateur Bible student's attempt to deal with the complexities of biblical sexuality. Read full book review >