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Special Features

  • 4-disc boxed set plus DVD-ROM
  • Supplemental maps
  • Scrollable timelines of Jewish and general history spanning over 5,800 years
  • Excerpts from the Encyclopedia Judaica
  • DVD-ROM (Compatible with Macintosh and Windows):
  • Over 650 translated and annotated historical documents
  • 541 map views with over 2250 explanatory essays
  • 33 expert scholar advisors/ consultants from 21 universities and academic institutions
  • Over 3,600 encyclopedia articles
  • Over 4,000 captions for 9 hours of original video
  • Over 100 interactive multimedia presentations containing over 800 historical images
  • Built-in help documentation
  • Fully word- and category-searchable index of over 7000 multimedia elements
  • Can be configured to run over a network
  • All encyclopedia articles and most historical documents can be printed
  • Improved interface navigation and design

Product Details

  • Actors: Abba Eban
  • Directors: Alan Rosenthal, Eugene Marner, Julian Krainin, Marc Siegel, Peter Rosen
  • Writers: Abba Eban
  • Producers: Arnold Labaton
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heritage - Civilization and the Jews" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Super buy for a history buff!
Janice L. Haney
It is so great that I want to install the Interactive Multimedia DVD in my new PC but seems it doesn't work with Windows Vista.
A. Landman
I learnt so much history and culture of the Jews and their civilization and religion from these DVDs.
Timothy Mulligan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on November 28, 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD is a re-issue of a 9-hour mini-series that first aired in the 1980s, and was recently (Nov-Dec. 2001) aired again on PBS. Each segment is 1 hour long, making it a useful tool in history classes covering many different periods. Since the "history of civilization" textbooks rarely mention what the Jews were doing in the 1900-year period between the rise of Christianity and the Nazi Holocaust, this series plays an important role in helping to make the curriculum more inclusive. Plus, The DVD version has a lot of additional resource materials not in the original PBS series.
Regarding classroom appropriateness in public schools, this is a documentary, not a "religion" series. Yes, the series does talk about religion in some places, but it's called "Civilization and the Jews" for a reason. To be Jewish is not just a "religion," it is also a culture, with its own art, music, literature, etc. The approach is a mix of history, theology, archaeology, art, architecture, etc. that is intended to inform, not preach. The series clearly shows how Jews have contributed to the various civilizations where they lived, and how, in turn, the Jews benefitted from interaction with many of the different cultures where the Jewish communities were located. Yes, it also covers the pesecutions of the Jews, but it's well-balanced with positive experiences and events. Highly recommended!
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Janice L. Haney on February 6, 2002
Format: DVD
WOW! This is an incredible set to have. The DVD is a reprint from a PBS special in 1984 (Peabody winner, at that). Abba Eban is an incredible, captivating speaker. My only problem is that there is so much information, I can only watch about two hours at a time. This is a must have whether you are Jewish or not. The series pulls together world history unlike any class I took in college. The addition of the DVD-Rom with tons of maps, historical documents, and video clips is awesome. It has answered most of the questions I had, and let me view a moving graphical history by sliding the scroll bar. Super buy for a history buff!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Sanchez VINE VOICE on March 13, 2003
Format: DVD
This nine-part documentary is not only a history of the Jews, it's a history of the western world! Hundreds of thousands of dollars were probably spent in the production of this series. Abba Eban takes the viewer all over the world to examine one of the world's most gifted and intriguing people - the Jews. These tapes will not put you to sleep. The music and images allows the viewer to relive Jewish history. And consequently, come to understand the world we live in today much better. I know the tapes are pricey, but own this documentary if you ever have the chance. You'll never regret it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Moskalenko on April 27, 2005
Format: DVD
It takes 9 hours to watch a complete set and it worths it. It interesting that my 6 years old daughter was watching some parts with me and we both enjoyed. There are a lot of reasons to watch the program. First, it gives a good overview of the western civilization from sumerians. Second, the quality of the material is superb. You'll see a lot of beautiful places around the globe. Third, you'll learn about the jews.

Some things are quite surpising. The program is focused on dates, places and events. It tells you what happened and where but not much about why. Also it doesn't tell much jewish religion or traditions. If you want to know about jewish holidays, what kosher is etc, you'll need to look for other sources.

Overall, it's a great history program!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Abba Eban was not only the most accomplished and articulate of all Israeli diplomats, he was also a person of immense learning and intelligence. Had he wished he could have taken a different road in life and become like his close friend, Bernard Lewis, a great scholar. Instead he made a certain sacrifice and devoted his life to the cause of helping the Jewish state come into being and survive.

This nine- part series is not concentrated on Israel but rather is a survey of Jewish civilization. Eban tries to show us how Jews interacted with the surrounding world, both learning and giving to the larger native socieities. From Babylon and Egypt to the Western Civlization of the present day Eban relates a story of a small people's long journey and meetings with others.

This is an illuminating survey and will give anyone who wishes to know more about Jewish life and history a real opportunity to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Mulligan on October 26, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
These DVDs are my favourites of all documentaries I own, and among my top five favourites of all documentaries I've seen. Abba Eban makes the history of Israel interesting and even, at times, fascinating. The footage on each and every DVD is sometimes captivating, other times stunning, and rarely boring. I learnt so much history and culture of the Jews and their civilization and religion from these DVDs. The Jews are one of the foundational components of Western civilization. Without studying their history and culture, you cannot satisfactorily know and understand Western history and culture. Plus Eban has a sense of humour that made me laugh on a few occasions. He is eloquent and the research behind these DVDs is excellent and was obviously extensive. I go back to these DVDs occasionally, and still enjoy them each time. Expensive but worth the investment.
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