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  • ISBN 0060539186
  • ISBN13 978-0060539184
  • Language English
  • Author Simon Schama
  • Publisher Ecco; First Edition edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Pages 512
  • Formats docx txt lit mobi
  • Category Photography
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1591 kb
  • Size Fb2 1311 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day.

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.

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 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.


Simon Schama is a noted British lecturer and TV documentarian.

Simon Schama is a noted British lecturer and TV documentarian. He has a pleasant, conversational manner of speech, and he attempts to infuse this manner into his writing. The focus of "The Story of the Jews" is the Torah and Talmud and how the Jewish people developed their consciousness, observances and traditions in light of those works.

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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 i. .

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 1492It 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.

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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.

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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. 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

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And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

The Story of the Jews is a book by the British historian Simon Schama, which is being published in three volumes. The first volume, entitled Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE, was published in the United Kingdom by Bodley Head in September 2013

The Story of the Jews is a book by the British historian Simon Schama, which is being published in three volumes. The first volume, entitled Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE, was published in the United Kingdom by Bodley Head in September 2013. The second volume, entitled Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900, was published by Bodley Head in October 2017.

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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.

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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance 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 experience, tracing it across three millennia, from thei.

And a great story unfolds. Notas often imaginedof a culture apart, but of aJewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they havedwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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Waiso
This book is really well written and very easy to follow. It just wasn't what I thought it would be; it's more of a history of Jewish-ness - like, what does it mean to be Jewish at different places and times in antiquity - sometimes told out of sequence, than it is a history of "the Jews" as a social, political and geographic tale. As someone who is not Jewish I felt like I was missing a lot of references and meaning in the discourse about what it means to practice Judaism. Not a criticism of the book or of Schama at all, it just wasn't 100% for me and that's okay.
Zymbl
What I most like about Schama’s book was the emphasis on the tangible. He concentrates on archeological discoveries, surviving papyrus letters and fragments, the ruins of ancient synagogue, their styles, locations and decorations, in other words, things that can be seen, felt, read. He does not start the history with Abraham, Moses and similar mythic characters for whom there is no real evidence. Since he deals mainly with the tangible, the history does not start as early as one might have thought, but starts early enough, at around 1000 B.C.E., and follows the Jews through Hellenistic, Roman, and Medieval Ages up until nearly the 16th century.

One question that always comes to mind when reading Jewish history is how did this particular group survive when just about all other cotemporaneous religions and ethnicities disappear ages ago. Schama stresses the great advantage literacy gave the Jews for enduring cohesively through two Temple destruction, numerous exiles, attempted annihilations, forced conversions, and other scourges. Literacy seems always to have been encouraged. After all, even Yahweh himself was depicted as literate, inscribing the Ten Commandants himself and tagging Belshazzar’s wall. What other early gods sent missives to their people? I don’t recall off the top of my head Astarte, Baal, Zoroaster, Zeus depicted as reading and writing; usually their intentions were interpreted by oracles, omens and the like. But the laws of the Jews (unlike, say, the Moabites) were transcribed early on and apparently could be read a wide range of the populace. As early as the eighth century B.C.E., even heavy laborers carving a water conduit left inscriptions strongly suggesting they were literate. And from twenty-five centuries ago survive the letters of a Jewish mercenary at a faraway post to his family back home. The book has many more such examples.

Simon Schama is a noted British lecturer and TV documentarian. He has a pleasant, conversational manner of speech, and he attempts to infuse this manner into his writing. So his sentences often have asides, phrases and comments through the use of commas, parentheses, dashes, quotation marks and italics. The result is that, for a history, his style seems chatty. This chattiness might be off-putting to some, but I found it pleasant, like a friend telling a story.
Darksinger
Epic in scope. Bold and brave in confronting head-on all the ugly prejudices that the Jews have endured over the ages.
Exhibit A? All that sheer nonsense about Jews killing Christians to make Matzo Soup, etc, that led to the rapacious, deadly pogroms is deconstructed, along with other myths that Christians believed for millennia in justifying their robbery, confiscation of property, and outright murder of the Jews.
Myth and origin is at the heart of Schama's brilliant book. There are times he has a wicked sense of humor at the wonderment of what the wandering jews have suffered, survived, and accomplished. His journey thru history takes us from the earliest known days of the religion, the Diaspora, it's fatal union with the Christian elements over the Dark- Middle Ages, as well as it's relations to Islam. His followup is likely to be as good if not better.
Endieyab
It goes without saying that this book is intellectually superior and informative in areas not familiar to many who will read it. The greatest virtue is Schama's writing though. Perhaps it's from seeing him on TV many times, but his tone is always that of a friendly personal conversation with the reader. Although his information is passing from a far higher level to a lower one, he never talks down. Further, Schama has often shown a level of subtle wit in his work that is the best of its sort since Gibbon. It's very difficult to think of a historian who combines information and enjoyment for the reader nearly as much.
Mejora
One can easily be forgiven for assuming that there's no "new" way to present Jewish history, but Simon Schama has done it in this book. The focus of "The Story of the Jews" is the Torah and Talmud and how the Jewish people developed their consciousness, observances and traditions in light of those works. Ranging from Persia to England, Schama describes how Jewish communities mingled the demands of religion with the demands of the various social and political environments they lived in. The writing is superb: flowing and touched with humor as well as with emotion. It is a book to read again and again.
Vetibert
This book is an expansion of part of Prof Schama's superb TV documentary `The Story of the Jews' which covered Jewish history from early to modern times. The volume takes us from settling the hill fort that became Jerusalem up until the massive persecution and eventual expulsion of the Jews in late mediaval Spain. I do hope a second volume is in preparation. Be prepared to have some cherished biblical tales questioned. For example despite much searching by Israeli and other archaeologists no traces have been found of any mass migration of the Israelites from Egypt. It is hinted that the so called Exodus was actually a marauding mob of Semitic tribesmen who were defeated and forced out of the country. Much later, under Greek domination Judaen soldiers and their families were imported to the Egyptian city of Elephantine on the Nile near Abu Simbal to guard the border against invasion.
Detailed records of that settlement have been discovered, many on potsherds and the settlers even built another Temple although this was frowned upon by the Jerusalem Establishment.
The ebook also contains a comprehensive supplement of photographs illustrating key parts of the text.
All in all a long, detailed, and fascinating read.