What are the best non-holocaust Jewish historical fiction books?

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    #1The Red Tent

    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent is a historical fiction novel written by Anita Diamant which is about the life of Jacob's daughter named Dinah revealing the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood. 

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    Eugene Owens
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "When trying to teach Jewish culture, I often have trouble doing so without being forced to explain the context of the holocaust. With The Red Tent, I was able to use this story of historical fiction to teach amazing things about the Jewish cultural without needing to mention the holocaust or its context."
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    #2The Chosen

    The Chosen

    The Chosen is a young adult novel written by Chaim Potok. First published in 1967, The Chosen follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons. The novel is published by Fawcett Books.


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    John Castillo
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Finally, a Jewish historical book not based on the holocaust! Follow two fathers and their sons on their life and adventures. Good and a must for those in and not in the Jewish faith."
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    #3The Lazarus Project

    The Lazarus Project

    The Lazarus Project is a realistic drama and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by Aleksandar Hemon. It was released in 2008 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.


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    Zachary Lawrence
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Pretty easy read. Probably meant for a teenager but the story was decent just the same. I enjoyed it for sure."
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    #4People of the Book

    People of the Book

    People of the Book is a 2008 historical fiction novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. It focuses on a book conservator, Hanna Health, as she attempts to restore the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish manuscript.

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    Jacqueline Greene
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "looks okay but i do not think it is the best"
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    Ivanhoe is a classic historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was originally published in 1820 in three volumes. It is set in 12th century England and it highlights the tension between the Norman conquerors and the Saxons.


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    Antonio Zamudio
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I was looking for the best non-holocaust Jewish historical fiction books and came across this book. It was a great read and I highly recommend it to others. Very interesting."
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    #6Daniel Deronda

    Daniel Deronda
    Published in 1876, this is George Eliot's last novel and the only one in her whole career that is set in the contemporary Victorian society. This book criticizes aristocracy and Jewish nationalism. 


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    Santiago Peralta
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "George Eliot has some great courage writing against the Jewish power elites. Men have been killed for less. Daniel Deronda sets out all the dirty laundry to be smelled, and the whiff is, indeed, pungent and foul. "
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    #7The Diplomat's Daughter

    The Diplomat's Daughter

    The Diplomat's Daughter is a historical fiction written by Karin Tanabe. It focuses on Emi Kato, the novel's main protagonist, and her two friends during WWII. The novel was published in July 2017.


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    Brenda Flores
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "World War 2 is often glossed over as being a war about the holocaust. While that is certainly a major contributor - a lot more people were affected. In this triumphant story of three characters who try to overcome everyday struggle when the world is at war. "
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    #8Davita's Harp

    Davita's Harp
    Davita's Harp is a historical fiction novel written by Chaim Potok which centers on Davita Chandal who converted into Jewish to find solace for her inner pain and budding spirit. 

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    Rodrigo Rocha
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "It's not an easy task to seperate a history of persecution and even genocide against the Jewish people from any narrative that wishes to seriously explore their rich and beautiful history, so when I find something with a more upbeat plot, I'm always glad to recommend it. That's the case with Davita's Harp, and I recommend it for anyone who's interested in the Jewish story from a less common perspective."
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    #9The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is written by William Shakespeare which centers on Bassanio trying to win the test of Portia's father in order for him to be able to marry her, and if he fails he might never marry her. 


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    Grace Campbell
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Merchant of Venice is certainly a classic and it is not at all related to the Holocaust. But I wouldn't call it a historical fiction book in the least. Even though it is one of Shakespeare's best, it is a poor fit in this category."
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    #10The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool is a historical romance fiction and the twelfth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is first published in 2003. 


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    Andrea Morrison
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. I liked that it had Jewish characters but was not all tied up with the holocaust. I gave this book a read before I gave it to my friend who is Jewish. I did not want to risk offending her. It was great."
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    #11Destiny by Design

    Destiny by Design

    Destiny by Design- Leah's Journey is a Jewish historical book written by Mirta Ines Trupp. First published in 2017, this book follows the story of Leah Abramovitz reaching her dreams despite the changes in the society. 


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    Mirta Dreiman
    Written on September 13, 2018
    "There is so much more to our history than tragedy and terror! This book, Destiny by Design-Leah's Journey combines the history of Jewish Argentina and the light entertainment of 'period drama" in the same vein as Austen and Gaskell."


Best What are the best non-holocaust Jewish historical fiction books
1The Red TentBooks 41 Paid
2The ChosenBooks 38 Paid
3The Lazarus ProjectBooks 35 Paid
4People of the BookBooks 34 Paid
5IvanhoeBooks 33 Paid
6Daniel DerondaBooks 31 Paid
7The Diplomat's DaughterBooks 29 Paid
8Davita's HarpBooks 28 Paid
9The Merchant of VeniceBooks 23 Paid
10The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)Books 7 Paid

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