The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the pbs and bbc series The Story of the Jews—simon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492
It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.
It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to 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 Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.
In The Story of the Jews, 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, ships loaded with gems and spices 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, too.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mschlack - www.librarything.com
No matter where you come from, you will learn something from this book, be it about the Jews, antiquity, philosophy, religion or the history of Christian Europe. Shama takes us through the allotted ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ShawIslandLibrary - www.librarything.com
This massive first volume tells the story of the Jewish People from 1000 BC to 1492 AD. It's a sobering history, reminding us of the millennia of persecution that has been suffered by them. It is also ... Read full review
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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD, Volume 1
No preview available - 2014
The Story of the Jews: Finding the words, 1000 BCE - 1492 CE, Volume 1
No preview available - 2013