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Kirsch, Jonathan 1949-

Overview
Works: 40 works in 154 publications in 8 languages and 8,904 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  Popular works  Fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BS2825.52, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jonathan Kirsch
A history of the end of the world : how the most controversial book in the Bible changed the course of Western civilization by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An evaluation of how the book of Revelation has significantly influenced history and the modern world cites its place at the heart of culture wars between governments and religions, discussing such topics as how it was nearly cut from the New Testament, the role of the book in the fall of the Roman Empire, and its use in the establishment of foreign policy
God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this ... book, [the author] explores the final struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, a war that was fought by a series of charismatic, visionary but also violent monarchs in the name of the One True God - an Egyptian pharaoh, a Jewish king, and two Roman emperors. Contrary to the conventional wisdom of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the world of classical paganism was not steeped in sin. In fact, [according to the author], religious liberty and diversity were core values of classical paganism, and it was monotheism that introduced the terrors of true belief, including holy war, martyrdom, inquisitions, and crusades.-Dust jacket
The harlot by the side of the road : forbidden tales of the Bible by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses several stories in the Old Testament of the Bible which deal with sex, violence, and scandal which are frequently suppressed or mistranslated. Places each story within the political and social context of its time, explores why it was written down and added to the Bible, and why it was originally censored. Also includes a section titled "Who really wrote the Bible?"
Moses : a life by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines biblical text, scholarship, and storytelling to present a portrait of Moses, the only human, according to the Bible, ever to have a face-to-face conversation with God
King David : the real life of the man who ruled Israel by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, as well as the startling discoveries of modern biblical archaeology and scholarship, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man--a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia. Book jacket
The grand inquisitor's manual : a history of terror in the name of God by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The inquisitorial apparatus that was first invented in the Middle Ages remained in operation for the next six hundred years, and it has never been wholly dismantled. As we shall see, an unbroken thread links the friar-inquisitors who set up the rack and the pyre in southern France in the early thirteenth century to the torturers and executioners of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia in the mid-twentieth century. Nor does the thread stop at Auschwitz or the Gulag; it can be traced through the Salem witch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Hollywood blacklists of the McCarthy era, and even the interrogation cells at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo."--Page 3
The woman who laughed at God : the untold history of the Jewish people by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Judaism to be a diverse religion, describing individuals from Biblical times to the twentieth century who have defined Judaism in different ways, and discussing the religion in the wake of the Holocaust
The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning of November 7, 1938, a seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, walked into the German embassy in Paris and in an act of desperation assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. He did it, he said, out "of love for my parents and for my people." Two days later, vom Rath lay dead, and the Third Reich exploited his murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany's Jewish citizens, in the mass pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht. In a bizarre concatenation of events that would rapidly involve Ribbentrop, Goebbels, and Hitler himself, Grynszpan would become the centerpiece of a Nazi propaganda campaign that would later describe his actions as "the first shot of the Jewish War." Best-selling author Jonathan Kirsch brings to light this wrenching story, reexamining the historical details and moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II. Was Grynszpan a crazed lone gunman, or was he an agent of the Gestapo, recruited to provide a convenient pretext for a major escalation of Nazi aggression? Was he motivated by a desire to strike a blow for the Jewish people as an early partisan fighter, or did his act of violence speak to an intimate connection between the assassin and his target, as Grynszpan later claimed?
Kirsch's handbook of publishing law : for authors, publishers, editors, and agents by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kirsch's guide to the book contract : for authors, publishers, editors, and agents by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal : survival of an imperiled culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Dolores J Sloan( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and Turkish and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prior to 1492, Jews had flourished on the Iberian Peninsula for hundreds of years. Marked by alternating cooperative coexistence and selective persecution alongside Christians and Muslims, this remarkable period was a golden age for Iberian Jews, with significant and culturally diverse advances in sciences, arts and government. This work traces the history of the Sephardic Jews from their golden age to their post-Columbian diaspora. It highlights achievements in science, medicine, philosophy, arts, economy and government, alongside a few less noble accomplishments, in both the land they left behind and in the lands they settled later. Several significant Sephardic Jews are profiled in detail, and later chapters explore the increasing restrictions on Jews prior to expulsion, the divergent fates of two diaspora communities (in Brazil and the Ottoman Empire), and the enduring legacy of Sephardic history."--Book cover
King David : [the real life of the man who ruled Israel] by Jonathan Kirsch( Recording )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man who possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet he is adored and showered him with many more blessings than did Abraham or Moses. Charismatic, exalted as "a man after God's own heart," he was also capable of deep cunning and bloodthirsty violence. King David is brought to life in this series
Moses : a life by Jonathan Kirsch( Recording )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now, Kirsch accomplishes the wondrous feat of revealing the real Moses, a strikingly modern figure who steps out from behind the facade of Sunday school lessons and movie matinees
The harlot by the side of the road [forbidden tales of the Bible] by Jonathan Kirsch( Recording )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores many stories from the Bible which are sexually explicit, violent, or mysterious-- stories which have traditionally been mistranslated, ignored, or banned
The woman who laughed at God : the untold history of the Jewish people by Jonathan Kirsch( Recording )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who is a Jew? In this [book, the author] takes us on a three-thousand-year tour of Jewish identity and diversity and offers answers to this complex and difficult question. [He] reveals that Judaism has never been a religion of strict and narrow orthodoxy. For every accepted tradition in Jewish faith there are counter traditions rooted in biblical antiquity: the Maccabee freedom fighters who closed the Bible and picked up swords, dervish-like ecstatics who claimed to enjoy direct communication with God even after they had been excommunicated by a distrustful rabbinate, and courageous men and women who were the forgotten heroes of the Holocaust. With drama and narrative verve, [he also] explores these and many other "Judaisms" that make up the rich tapestry of Jewish identity.-Back cover
Easy auto : for safe and secure driving, a great feeling on the road by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozes : een nieuwe visie op de grote bijbelse wetgever en profeet by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I racconti proibiti della Bibbia by Jonathan Kirsch( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Abel and other stories by Michal Lemberger( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Michal Lemberger's nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, and other publications, and her poetry has been published in a number of print and online journals. A story from After Abel, her first collection of fiction, was featured in Lilith Magazine. Lemberger holds an MA and PhD in English from UCLA and a BA in English and religion from Barnard College. She has taught the Hebrew Bible as Literature at UCLA and the American Jewish University. She was born and raised in New York and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.Foreword contributor J
 
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A history of the end of the world : how the most controversial book in the Bible changed the course of Western civilization
Alternative Names
Jonathan Kirsch American writer

جوناثان كيرتش، 1949-

カーシュ, ジョナサン

Languages
English (110)

Spanish (7)

Italian (6)

Dutch (3)

Turkish (1)

Arabic (1)

Polish (1)

Korean (1)

Covers
God against the gods : the history of the war between monotheism and polytheismThe harlot by the side of the road : forbidden tales of the BibleMoses : a lifeKing David : the real life of the man who ruled IsraelThe grand inquisitor's manual : a history of terror in the name of GodThe woman who laughed at God : the untold history of the Jewish peopleKirsch's handbook of publishing law : for authors, publishers, editors, and agentsKirsch's guide to the book contract : for authors, publishers, editors, and agents