The Gifts of the Jews
by Thomas Cahill
Editor: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
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The author of the drift of the bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization did againIn The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey through history, once again recreating a time, when the actions of a small group of people had repercussions that are still felt todayThe Gifts of the Jews that reveal the change that made Western civilization possibleWithin 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, turning constantlyYet, somehow, Jewish elders began to see time differentlyFor them, time has a beginning and an end; it is a story, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future.From this idea came a new conception of men and women as unique individuals destined–a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence, and our hope in progress and meaning that tomorrow can be better than todayAs Thomas Cahill recounts this enormous change, he also explains the real meaning of these biblical figures, such as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.Full of fascinating stories, ideas and humour, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of fascinating and entertaining history as the Way the Irish Saved Civilization
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