An epic story of revolution and drama, My Husband, Bar Kokhba is told through the narrative and letters of Michal, the young aristocrat, who, despite her grandfather’s warning, marries Shimeon bar Kosiva, later to become known as Bar Kokhba, leader of the greatest revolution against the Romans.
This latest work of historical fiction from the author of Hanina My Son delves into the life and times of this fiery revolutionary, shedding a light on the fascinating historical figure along with the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Rabbi Akiva, the great Talmudic sage that helped spark the Bar Kokhba revolution.
Brilliantly describing one of the most exciting eras in Jewish history, Sanders illustrates the irreconcilable worldviews of the “enlightened” Roman Empire and the Jewish people, stubbornly faithful to its God. My Husband, Bar Kokhba describes a life and journey of love and sorrow, revolutions and wars, victory and defeat.
From the back Flap Who was Bar Kokhba?
A general, A revolutionary, A hero, A statesman, The head of a powerful, independent Jewish state.
Whichever way he is defined, Bar Kokhba’s achievements were extraordinary. Roman records show that the empire had never been shaken to its core by any of its colonized people in the way it was by the Jewish nation under the leadership of Bar Kokhba. Bar Kokhba’s letters, too, were recovered in the early 1960s by the Israeli general Yigal Yadin, revealing details about this remarkable man.
My Husband, Bar Kokhba looks at the man Bar Kokhba through fictional letters written by his wife to her nephew and letters written by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. These letters demonstrate, more than any history book, the irreconcilable differences in the worldviews of the two peoples, the Romans and the Jews.
My Husband, Bar Kokhba illustrates some disturbing and controversial issues. Did Bar Kokhba bring depredation and slavery to the Jewish people or did he imbue the nation with a renewed confidence and inner strength to face the Diaspora for eighteen centuries? Did Bar Kokhba in fact save the Jewish faith, and, perhaps, even the Jewish nation?
About the Author Andrew Sanders was born in Hungary and is the author of three books based on Jewish historical and philosophical subjects. His first book, Dear Maimonides, is a treatise on science and religion, and has been published in Canada, the United States, and Hungary. Hanina My Son, a historical novel, was published in both English and Hebrew. Today, Sanders makes his home in Toronto, Canada, and Haifa, Israel.