Harry Freedman (author)

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Harry Freedman is a British author who writes on the history of religion and culture. His history of the Kabbalah is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.

Born in London in 1950, Freedman has worked as CEO in a variety of small and medium enterprises as well as in the voluntary sector.

He wrote The Talmud: A Biography, published by Bloomsbury in 2014. In the book he asserts that the Talmud is a classic of world literature and that its story is an account of one of the most important cultural, historical and religious works of our time.

In 2011 he published Jerusalem Imperilled the first novel in a trilogy. Published only as an e-book it tells the story of Levi, a young priest in Roman occupied Jerusalem, who is captured and sent to Rome as a slave.

His most recent book is The Murderous History of Bible Translations. Published by Bloomsbury in 2016 the book discusses controversial Bible translations, many of which have led to religious conflict and violence.

He published The Gospels' Veiled Agenda in December 2009. In it he asserted that the Gospels draw on Old Testament sources in order to present a picture of Jesus that resonated culturally with the 1st-century Jewish audience for whom the Gospels were intended. He claimed that the Holy Grail is mentioned in all four gospels and is a central icon in understanding Jesus' true agenda.[1]

In his book, How to Get a Job in a Recession, Freedman advises how to look for jobs more successfully than everyone else. In his book and articles,[2] he emphasizes that there are still plenty of new opportunities coming onto the market. He claims that even if there are fewer jobs in your particular industry, the chances of getting back to work quickly in another field are still high even in this new recruiting atmosphere.[3]

Freedman’s academic qualifications include first and postgraduate degrees in psychology, philosophy and Aramaic.


  • The Murderous History of Bible Translations (2016, ISBN 9781472921673)
  • The Talmud: A Biography (2014, ISBN 9781472905949)
  • Jerusalem Imperilled (2011, ASIN B006791GR4)
  • The Gospels' Veiled Agenda (2009, ISBN 978-1-84694-260-0)
  • How to Get a Job in a Recession (2009, ISBN 978-1-906821-09-8)


  1. ^ [1]"The holder of a doctorate in Aramaic translation of the Torah, Freedman deploys his knowledge of midrash with ingenuity, using the techniques of rabbinic interpretation to connect Hebrew sources with material in the Gospels. While his speculations rest on scholarship, he wears it lightly, leading the reader in an easy style to his conclusions about the Grail."
  2. ^ Freedman, Harry (2009-03-18). "How to get a job in a recession". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  3. ^ "Workers fear for jobs in recession". Metro. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-03-04.

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