The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews

Finding the Words 1000 BCE-1492 CE

Book - 2014
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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amid grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. The first of two volumes, The Story of the Jews spans the millennia and the continents--from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes readers to unimagined places: a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia, a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings, the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the writers of the Bible to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world, candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, and ships loaded with spices and gems founder at sea.

And a great story unfolds. Not--as often imagined--of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story.

Publisher: Toronto : Allen Lane, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780670069798
Branch Call Number: 909 .04924 SCH
Characteristics: 496 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,24 cm


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Jul 31, 2014

A great disappointment! The giveaway was the boost on the back cover by assorted unknowns who must have been well paid for their enthusiasm. This is unreadable twaddle in a style reminiscent of a very poorly crafted fairy tale. No scholarship here or much of anything but verbiage. Nothing at all like the great historian Hobsbawm or contemporary chronicler Judt. Deepest sympathies to students of this old fraud, people who paid real money for his scholastic wisdom. They were robbed.

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