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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism; 1st edition (June 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985151609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985151607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sherwin T. Wine (1928-2007) founded Humanistic Judaism as a fifth alternative in Jewish life. A prodigous public intellectual, Wine was the founding rabbi of the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, Michigan, and was instrumental in organizing the Society for Humanistic Judaism, The Center for New Thinking, the North American Committee for Humanism, the Humanist Institute, and the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.

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I am amazed that the book is so clear, direct, knowledgeable, and readable.
Cary
This one volume history of the Jewish People from a secular point of view has such an amazing sweep of history.
Edward J. Klein
Having read a number of books on the subject, I am familiar with Jewish history.
Frank The Historian

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cary on June 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am amazed that the book is so clear, direct, knowledgeable, and readable. I have been using it to look up various topics on Jewish history: the fall of the Temple, Deborah, Jeremiah, the book of Maccabees, but each time I start reading I cannot put the book down it is so engaging and interesting. It doesn't simply tell what happened; it's a great history that tells who made it happen, and why they made it happen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john sanders on September 27, 2012
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The late Sherwin Wine's popular history of Jewish culture , "A Provocative People" is exactly that, a highly readable gloss on the evolution and development of Judaism from its tribal origins to its contemporary secularized manifestations in America and Israel. Wine is typically American in his extraordinary ability to simplify and synthesize in a non-elitest way ,for a mass audience, a complex process and history. His humanist point of view enables him to be sceptical about much that is taken for granted in what everybody thinks they know about Judaism and Jewish culture . This is by no means a scholarly work,( compared to shall we say Robert M Seltzer's "Jewish people, Jewish Thought"), and there are caveats from the editor who prepared this unfinished work for publication following the author's untimely death.Adam Chalom the Dean of the International Society for Humanistic Judaism founded by Sherwin Wine, concedes that there are lacunae in terms of attributions and citations in this book which would not pass muster with professional historians.Wine also demurs from Wine's use of the Tanach as a reliable historical source in sections of the book.For this reader Wine seems to conceptualize Jewish cultural history as an ongoing dialectic of opposing viewpoints and ideologies emphasizing the multi-faceted nature of Jewish cultural evolution from religious to secular.To the extent that Wine, an iconoclast, challenges his readers to examine the rationality of taken for granted assumptions about what everybody knows about Judaism and Jewish culture, Wine performs an invaluable service.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank The Historian on June 24, 2012
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This is an amazing book. After I read it, I bought a copy for my son, daughter, and sister. It is much more than a history of the Jews. It is also a history of western civilization. Although it is easy reading, this book is packed with information. What is most striking is the author's breadth of knowledge. It reminds me a little of Guns Germs and Steel. Having read a number of books on the subject, I am familiar with Jewish history. However, reading this book I learned something new on every page.
The discussion of the biblical period includes descriptions of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Hurrians, Amorites, Hamites, Akkadians, Cannanites, Chaldeans, Arameans, and Egyptians, not to mention the Greeks and Romans. I learned that the Philistines came from Greece and Crete and were the Vikings of 1400 BCE. In the Story of David and Bathsheba, David has Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite, killed. The author explains who the Hittites were and why one of them would have been a soldier in David's Judean army.
I was raised in a Reform Jewish temple, but I learned more about the history of Reform Judaism from this book than I did from twelve years of sunday school. However, interest in this book should not be limited to Jews. It also discusses the history and development of Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Islam. It explains (among other things) the split between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, the origin of the word Presbyterian, and the influence of the Protestant Reformation on Judaism. It also offers insight into the conflict between present day Islam and the west. This is a very insightful and thought-provoking work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Klein on June 10, 2012
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This one volume history of the Jewish People from a secular point of view has such an amazing sweep of history. Rabbi Sherwin Wine connects and compares different times and peoples where there are parallels in history. I have taken courses with Rabbi Wine and reading his book is like having him speak to me from the page. Rabbi Adam Chalom is to be commended for an amazing editing job under extremely difficult and trying circumstances.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Freedman on June 16, 2012
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The book, A Provocative People, A secular History of the Jews, by Sherwin Wine is fascinating to read. It is about the history of the Jewish people describing what happened to them over time without involvement of theology or biblical dogma. For over 2,000 years a large proportion of the Jewish people have lived outside of Israel, like the overseas Chinese and Irish, maintaining an identity away from an historic land. This history of how they lived and how they interacted with the peoples and places where they lived is based on historical evidence from numerous reliable sources, which are included in full, 14 page, bibliography. The diaspora has resulted in Jewish people living in communities literally around the globe who have retained their identity as a distinct people, contributing to their ability to survive and prosper. The description of the complexities of their interactions with the communities in which they have lived, and left when necessary, is a part of world history which describes the development of world civilization from its agricultural beginnings through commerce, politics and capitalism to today's post-modern world. The book ends with an analysis of how Jews are living in today's post-modern society.
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