The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 28, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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The author of the runaway bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization has done it again. In The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today.



The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.



Full of compelling stories, insights and humor, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun as How the Irish Saved Civilization.

BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.
  

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Review: The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (The Hinges of History #2)

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Cahill begins by explaining that the Jews created Western civilization. But then he goes on to show why this audacious statement understates the case. The revelation that came to the Jews broke the ... Read full review

Review: The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (The Hinges of History #2)

User Review  - Igpond.comdes Stephens - Goodreads

I have always been interested in why some civilizations have been successful and others not. Western Europe has been successful for many centuries while East Asia is now catching up. Cahill argues ... Read full review

Contents

The Primeval Religious Experience
9
The Unaccountable Innovation
59
SINAH
123
CANAANI
165
From Many to One 203
204
Notes and Sources
253
The Books of the Hebrew Bible 2 66
266
74
274
ANCHOR BOOKS
276
General Index 28 1
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About the author (2010)

Thomas Cahill studied at New York's Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, Fordham University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with some of the nation's most distinguished literary and biblical scholars.


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