Gifts of the Jews How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels

ISBN-10: 0385482493

ISBN-13: 9780385482493

Edition: 1998

Authors: Thomas Cahill

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The author of the runaway bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization has done it again. In The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. 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. Full of compelling stories, insights and humor, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun as How the Irish Saved Civilization.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Thomas Cahill is the author of a series of books detailing turning points in Western civilization and the impact of various cultural heritages. These books include How the Irish Save Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Rise of Medieval Europe and The Gift of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. Before embarking on his ambitious series, which will eventually include seven volumes, Cahill was the director of religious publishing at Doubleday.

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
Sinal: 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
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