The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE by Simon Schama

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Read The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE Online Free - From the invention of a single deity and the killing of his embodied Son through to the production of urban modernity, so much of supreme importance for humanity bears the imprint of Jewish thinking and culture. As well as exploring that history, Simon Schama - as he did in The American Future - will report from the battlefronts of today. He will talk to Jews and non-Jews, to archaeologists, rabbis, soldiers, hedge fund managers, Israeli Arabs and Jews for Jesus, film-makers, cartoonists and comedians.

Title : The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE
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ISBN : 1847921329
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


John Carter rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2015

Simply the best book I've read in many years, due largely to the quality of Schama's voice. As a history, it's fascinating in its wide range - from the Mesopotamia of 1000 BC to the Spanish Inquisition, from a fort at the head of the Nile to the Tower of London, from Aramaic to Arabic to Ladino....

Richard rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2017

I thought, "I can't wait to see how it ends!" I should have waited. Volume 1 ends with the Inquisition burning, and the Crown expelling, Jews by the thousands. Schama writes with great brio and a distinctively conversational wit (though I just can't make myself as interested in architectural and...

Howard rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2015

I had never heard of Elephantine, and Simon Schama is betting that you haven’t either, as he opens volume one (“Finding the Words”) of his massive and massively entertaining history of the Jewish people from their puzzling origins to their brutal expulsion from Spain in 1492. Volume two (“When th...

Mal rated it ★★★☆☆

April 06, 2017

Can you think of any ethnic group that has been more closely studied than the Jews? I can’t. Thousands upon thousands of books have been written about Jews and Judaism; more than 53,000 are listed on Amazon alone — surely a small fraction of the total works produced over the three millennia that...

Christoph rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 04, 2013

I was somewhat disappointed by the book. Given the high profile of the author I had come to expect a very competent and thorough historical account but found myself confused from the first chapter onwards about the direction of the book. Although I appreciate that this is not meant to be popular...

Adam rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

In this first volume, Simon Schama largely succeeds in attaining his two goals for a history of the Jews: It should tell the story of the Jews in their complex interaction with other peoples, and it should deal with a range of real Jewish character types, as opposed to the stock characters of the...

Richard rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2014

Tale of Woe The brilliant, erudite and articulate Simon Schama produces a muddled, idiosyncratic history of his people (OK, our people). Using his usual trick of engaging you through people you may or may not have heard of to make general points, this first volume only pays dividends in the later...

Bob rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2014

When I saw Simon Schama launch his book “The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000BCE-1492CE” at Manchester Jewish Museum it took 10 minutes of talking for him to realise he hadn’t switched on the microphone and not everyone could hear him. This very much encapsulates him and the book. It is...

Francine rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2014

This book is outstanding! I am a fan of Schama's Citizen so I knew I needed to read this book. I have a degree in European History and Schama, of course, filled in the gaps and illuminated things I had never heard before. Oh, the great women of Judaism, so many fine examples who are seldom highlig...

Noreen rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2017

Fills in the blanks, before and after the birth of Jesus for the Jewish people. Most of the book covers the origins of Jewish people before they were "Jews". They were Hasmoneans, Maccabees, many and other Jewish"tribes." Before there was a Yiddish language, there was Aramaic and Hebrew. Before t...

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