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The Story of the Jews

The Story of the Jews 1

Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492)

by Simon Schama

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 16/09/2014

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It is a story like no other- an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against 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.

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, ships loaded with spice 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, too.
ISBN:
9780099546689
9780099546689
Category:
General & world history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
16-09-2014
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x33mm
Weight:
0.44kg
Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated into fifteen languages, include Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Face of Britain and The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492).

His art columns for the New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in the Guardian and the Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor.

He has written and presented more than fifty films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics, and The Story of the Jews and is co-presenter of a new landmark series on the history of world art, Civilisations.

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  • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words - epic

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    An incredible read. Not just a survey of the major events, this delves into the lives of many people, in many places in a way that is respectful, historical, and humorous.

    Essential reading for early Jewish history from the first authenticated records in Egypt, but long after dates mentioned in the Torah. This is primarily a work in archaeology and anthropology but sensitively weaves-in aspects of sacred texts and the stories of the early sages. I cannot wait to read part two, The Story of the Jews: when words fail.