The Story of the Jews : Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492)
by Simon Schama
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, creativity in oppression, joy in the midst of sorrow, the affirmation of life against the steepest of the coast.It stretches over millennia and continents – from India to Andalusia, and from the bazaars of Cairo in the streets of OxfordIt takes you to the unimaginable places: a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a shining Syrian synagogue, radiant murals; palm groves of Jews who died in the Roman catacombs.And his voice ring loud and clear, gravity and ecstasy of the Bible writers for the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden, in Muslim SpainIn these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, with gibets hanging on the streets of the medieval city of London, an illuminating Majorca redraws the world; candles are lit, songs are sung, mules are baskets, boats loaded with spices and precious stones, founder of the sea.And a great story unfoldsNot – as often imagined – of a separate culture, but of a Jewish world immersed in and printed by the peoples among whom they have remained, since the Egyptians, Greeks, Christian Arabs and Christians.Which makes the history of Jews from all over the world history, too much.
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