Search Results: "Jonathan Kirsch"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MOSES by Jonathan Kirsch
NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLOBAL NOVEL by Adam Kirsch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 25, 2017

"An insightful addition to the Columbia Global Reports roster."
A critical appreciation of "world literature," highlighting works that combine specifics of locality with global reach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Big Lead by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"A light, enjoyable murder mystery that marks the beginning of a promising new series."
A rookie reporter delves into a small town's big secrets in Kirsch's debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

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FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP FIND A CLOUD TO KEEP by Vincent X. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Though the story is simply told, the overall effect is somewhat cryptic, making it a challenge to connect with these characters and their quest. (song lyrics, score [not seen]) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Two friends off on an adventure have an unexpected encounter that leads to new discoveries and a sense of satisfaction. Read full book review >

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THE BIG OVERNIGHT by Libby Kirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"A light and amusing whodunit that proves time spent in the company of the heroine is time well spent indeed."
Stella Reynolds investigates a pair of murders in this latest installment of Kirsch's (The Big Interview, 2016, etc.) chick-lit mystery series. Read full book review >