Hey, Joy! Here’s a Book for You!

A historical novel in Roman times, based on a historical figure quoted in the Talmud.

Yes, a rabbi who started out as a Jewish gladiator, but turned to the Torah. The man is known to history as Resh Lakish, “Head of Thieves,” but his real name was Shimon ben Lakish.

Here’s the novel: Shimon, by John Steinberg.

Here’s a book review that talks about the history.

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