Jerusalem, 180 BCE. For 800 years the Zadokite priesthood has led the Jewish People. But the world is changing. Without, Rome is rising, crushing the other powers of the ancient world beneath it. Within, a power struggle inside the House of Zadok is a golden opportunity for interlopers, who seek to unseat them from the throne. The delicate balance which has allowed the Jewish Nation to survive in this age of Empires is threatened.
On the background of these tumultuous times, Judah, scion of a minor priestly lineage, comes of age in Judea. While experiencing love, friendship, and conflict he slowly transforms into the warrior and leader his people are waiting for.
This is the incredible story of Matityahu the Priest, Judah Maccabee and his brothers, and the Hellenizer Eupolemus. Together, they embark on a struggle for the survival of the Jewish people against the powerful Seleucid Empire.
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Amit Arad, born in 1967, Israel. In his youth Amit trained in various martial art styles – full contact karate, boxing and Muay Thai . Following his military service, Amit became a martial arts trainer and advanced to a Black Belt Dan 3 rank.
Amit graduated from Tel Aviv University with bachelor’s degrees in law and Economics and MBA.
In 2010 Amit decided to take a time out and devote himself to research and write the historical novel series “Lions of Judea”. The first novel was published in 2014 in Hebrew in Israel, accompanied by online movies in both Hebrew and English. Few years later, the first & second novels were published in 2019 in English.
Amit currently runs a lawyer office and lectures on his book and the Maccabee period.