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The Prophet's Wife (Paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-87441-940-5
SKU: 940
Grade level: Adult
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A long-lost novel by the author of As a Driven Leaf
Infidelity, faith, and power all come together in a gripping story of the biblical prophet Hosea and his wife, Gomer.


When Milton Steinberg died in 1950, he left one manuscript tantalizingly unfinished. Set against a backdrop of unrest in ancient Israel, The Prophet's Wife is a stirring portrait of the young prophet Hosea, his free-spirited wife Gomer, and a people seduced by the lures of power and idolatry.
This exciting literary find creatively brings to life the prophet and his world, in a story that is both highly personal and yet grand in scope, exploring the relationship of the Jewish people with God. Essays by three extraordinary writers and thinkers provide startling, breathtaking interpretations to deepen understanding of the novel.


  • Foreword by Ari L. Goldman
  • Commentaries by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner and Norma Rosen
  • Questions for Discussion
  • Glossary


  • The perfect gift for life-cycle events and Confirmation
  • A valuable addition to bible study groups and adult education classes
  • An exciting choice for book groups of all kinds

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The late Milton Steinberg is the author of the literary masterpiece As a Driven Leaf, first published in 1939 and still regarded as a major influence on contemporary Jewish life and thought. Steinberg died in 1950 while working on The Prophet's Wife, which is now in print for the first time.

Ari L. Goldman is the author of The Search for God at Harvard and Being Jewish, and the former religion correspondent for the New York Times.
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner is the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Norma Rosen is the author of Touching Evil and Biblical Women Unbound.

"Milton Steinberg's unfinished story of the prophet Hosea, with the contributions of three brilliant intellectuals, will interest many readers by both its historical content and literary style. "---Elie Wiesel

"A sixty-year-old posthumous gift from the author of As a Driven Leaf, which was perhaps the most important Jewish novel of the twentieth century. Milton Steinberg's insights into the tormented, sexually betrayed, and perennially forgiving Hosea ring true and present a full-bodied portrait of a major figure who until now was just a name."---Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

"A glorious new novel emerges --unfinished, cut off by mortality; nevertheless equally powerful in its living imagery, passion, and humanity.---Cynthia Ozick

"The greatest voice of the American pulpit reaches out to us from the past. The discovery of a new work by Milton Steinberg is a gripping and wondrous event."--- Rabbi David J. Wolpe

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