By Simon Schama
In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the pbs and bbc sequence The tale of the Jews—simon schama information the tale of the jewish humans, tracing their adventure throughout 3 millennia, from their beginnings as an historical tribal humans to the hole of the recent global in 1492
It is a narrative like no different: an epic of persistence within the face of destruction, of creativity within the face of oppression, pleasure amidst grief, the confirmation of lifestyles regardless of 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 locations: to a Jewish state within the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue gleaming with radiant wall work; the palm groves of the Jewish useless within the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and transparent, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the affection poems of wine bibbers in a backyard in Muslim Spain.
In The tale of the Jews, the Talmud burns within the streets of Paris, massed gibbets dangle over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the area; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gemstones and spices founder at sea.
And a good tale unfolds. Not—as usually imagined—of a tradition aside, yet of a Jewish global immersed in and imprinted by way of the peoples between whom they've got dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.
Which makes the tale of the Jews everyone's tale, too.
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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD by Simon Schama