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The gifts of the Jews : how a tribe of desert nomads changed the way everyone thinks and feels

Author: Thomas Cahill
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Cahill
ISBN: 0385482485 9780385482486 0385482493 9780385482493
OCLC Number: 37928517
Notes: The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Description: xii, 291 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the Jews are it --
The temple in the moonlight : the primeval religious experience --
The journey in the dark: the unaccountable innovation --
Egypt : from slavery to freedom --
Sinai : from death to life --
Canaan : from tribe to nation --
Babylon : from many to one --
From then till now : the Jews are still it --
Notes and sources --
The books of the Hebrew bible --
Chronology --
Acknowledgments --
Index of Biblical citations --
General index.
Responsibility: Thomas Cahill.
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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.

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