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The story of the Jews : finding the words : 1000 BC-1492 AD

Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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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. A tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews. 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Schama
ISBN: 9780060539184 : 0060539186
OCLC Number: 859186633
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2013 by The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House UK"--Title page verso.
"Tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews"--Jacket flap.
Description: 496 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Papyrus, potsherd, parchment. In Egypt ; The words ; Delving, divining ... ; Classical Jews? --
Mosaic, parchment, paper. The menorah and the cross ; Among the believers ; The women of Ashkenaz ; Trials ; Exile from exile.
Other Titles: Story of the Jews (Television program)
Responsibility: Simon Schama.

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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. A tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews. 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. A tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews. 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. 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. -- From publisher's description.

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