The Gifts of the Jews (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Gifts of the Jews From the author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization" comes a new book that uncovers the crucial Jewish contribution to Western history, recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The second book in The Hinges of History Series. 15 illustrations.
- Published: 01 April 1998
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385482486 ISBN 10: 0385482485
- Sales rank: 756,741
Full description for The Gifts of the Jews
Taking us first to Sumer in the third millennium, Cahill explores a civilization in which life is seen -- as it was in all ancient societies -- as part of an endless cycle of birth and death: time perceived as a wheel, spinning ceaselessly, never altering its course -- until the ancient Jews dramatically change that perception. When Abraham hears the Voice of God speaking the unexpected words 'Go forth, ' the concept of an unknown future takes hold and Western civilization is born. From this insight the Jews evolve a new vision of men and women with unique destinies -- a vision that thousands of years later will inspire the Declaration of Independence and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today.Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift with compelling stories, insights, and humor, and draws us closer to such powerful biblical personalities as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, David, Amos, Isaiah, Naomi, and Ruth.