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Essentials of Jewish History
Essentials of Jewish History

Essentials of Jewish History


550 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF

Cloth, $69.95 (US $69.95) (CA $104.93)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781912676187

Rights: US, CA, AU & ZA

Vallentine Mitchell (Oct 2019)

Price: $69.95


Essentials of Jewish History is a comprehensive compendium for ready reference. Both a typology of leadership roles (prophets; prophetesses; high priests; Judges; kings; queens; exilarchs; courtiers; Zionists; generals; sages) and a Who’s Who, its unique value is in outlining and assembling all of these discrete categories in one convenient volume. Essentials of Jewish History is an exceptionally useful resource for scholars and laypersons alike. For knowledgeable readers, it offers the advantages of its systematic organization and inclusivity of content. For readers unfamiliar with Jewish history prior to encountering this book, it affords a newfound and solid grasp of what the first 4,000 years of Jewish history entailed.


"An essential reference for every home, and worthwhile cover-to-cover reading for more serious students. This book is a remarkable tour de force, spanning the breadth of four millennia of Jewish history with encyclopedic clarity. Marlon’s fascinating perspective traces unlikely continuities and discontinuities.... I think my copy will be well-worn by the time I’m done with it." — Dr. Henry Abramson, Academic Dean, Lander College of Arts & Sciences

"Brandon Marlon has compiled an indispensable “Who’s Who” of Jewish leaders through the ages, from the very dawn to the present. Anyone interested in Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli history will want this reference work within ready reach, not just to fill gaps in knowledge, but for the pleasure of reading well-crafted sketches that entertain and enlighten." — Dr. Martin Kramer, Chair of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Shalem College

"An extremely well-researched and comprehensive overview of the significant personalities in Jewish history from Abraham to the present. An excellent resource for both the scholar and layman of Jewish history." — Rabbi Ken Spiro, Senior Lecturer & Researcher, Aish HaTorah Jerusalem

"Brandon Marlon has produced a wonderful reference book with entries from Abraham to Rabbi Sacks, ingeniously organized, with spare but provocative and enticing entries on hundreds of contributors to the Jewish adventure over the last four millennia. You’ll want a hard copy, because this is one of those books you’ll turn to on Shabbat to inform your conversations." — Dr. Richard Landes, Senior Fellow, Center for International Communications, Bar-Ilan University

"Essentials of Jewish History is ... a thoroughly researched profile of Jewish generational standouts, containing essential facts describing the times in which they lived, characterizing their important works, and detailing their struggles and achievements." —Fred Reiss, Ed.D, San Diego Jewish World

Author Biography

I am a Canadian-Israeli writer originally from Ottawa, Canada. I studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and received my B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and my M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. My script The Bleeding Season won the 2007 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition and was publicly presented in Toronto in 2008. Another play, Knightlife, was performed that year in Ottawa as part of the In the Works festival by Odyssey Theatre. My poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry by the American literary club The Exiles (Fall 2015).My writing (poetry and prose) has been published in 300+ publications in 31 countries (Canada, U.S.A., England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Israel, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, China, Australia, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Trinidad, & Mexico). My writing has also been translated into Hebrew, French, Turkish, and Crimean Tatar. I have participated in readings of my work in Arad, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary, and have published two poetry and photography volumes, Inspirations of Israel: Poetry for a Land and People and Judean Dreams.