Do you know any Jewish historical novels that center around the lives and times of the rabbis of the Talmud? I know As a Driven Leaf but very few others.


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I think a community wiki answer would be good for this question. Everyone, feel free to add your book recommendations.

Rabbi Akiva:

  • האסופי מנרבתא (The Foundling of Narbata) by Hadassah Klosch - Rabbi Akiva is only a secondary character in the book, but his arrest and subsequent death is a key plotline.

The Orchard by Yochi Brandes is on Rabbi Akiva.

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Sorele Brownstein The Gilded Cage: Queen Esther's untold story. Narrative is through Esther's eyes, it's written very well.

  • Is Esther a rabbi in the Talmud?
    – magicker72
    Jul 22, 2021 at 11:08

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