From the author of Spartacus comes another epic tale of uprising and antiquity. A rapturous rendering of the events commemorated by Hanukkah, Howard Fast’s My Glorious Brothers follows a small group of Jewish farmers and intellectuals, led by the five brothers Maccabee, through their decades-long revolt against the mighty Syrian-Greek Empire. Portraying Maccabean mastermind Judas, performer James Fouhey brims with tremulous urgency and a reserved righteousness: at once oppressed and battle-weary, yet proud and determined. A sonorous storyteller and character actor, Fouhey seamlessly weaves together feats of breathtaking bravery, loyalty, tragedy, and devotion, his historic intensity never relenting.
The strength of five brothers will define a nation.
My Glorious Brothers is the epic story of perhaps the most breathtaking chapter in the history of Israel, a stirring tale of courage for those who like to find meaning for today's world in the great events of history.
After witnessing a ransacked and desecrated Jerusalem, Simon and his four brothers - soon to be known and revered as the Maccabees - rise to lead an earthshaking rebellion. Their tale has almost no parallel in human history. Theirs was the will, fire, and unbending spirit that inspired the timeless rite of Hanukkah, transforming a society of farmers and scholars into an unconquerable army that would wage the first modern fight for freedom and the first victory for religious freedom.
Master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the story of great battles, brutal atrocities, and undying love and loyalty. But it is also a sensitive and sure picture of a people and an age, in which the mood of a small but spirited segment of humanity two thousand years ago is recreated with gripping authenticity.
The fictionalized account of the true world of the Maccabee and of the Maccabeans is nothing short of riviting. Howard Fast's writing sores as high as the Judean hills of which his narrator speaks. Both the descriptions of that land and those who fought for it allow me, a blind person all my life, to see eachimage clearly in my mind. As an Evangelical Christian and seminary student, I believe all students of theology should read this book, although it was not written for strictly theological purposes. It helps a person truly engage with that period we call the Intertestamental period. This book is often a book read by devout practicioners of Judaism particularly during Honica based upon my understanding. I believe it is significant for others also, perhaps Catholics most of all because 1 and 2 Maccabees are Deuterocanonical in Catholic Bibles. I would rate this at five stars but my phone will only move to four unfortunately.