From Library Journal
Patai, the author of over 30 books in at least four languages, including The Jewish Alchemists, Princeton Univ., 1994, returns to the subject of his Ph.D. research in The Children of Noah. Here he ferrets out allusions and explicit references to seafaring, naval power, and maritime trade in the Bible, Talmud, other rabbinical literature, and archaeology. Patai begins with Noah's ark and moves forward to provide a thorough overview of everything from physical details of the ships and their crews, to rabbinical laws of the waterways, to Hebraic similes and parables built on seafaring. The result is a lively and fascinating narrative that makes a full exposition of the subject available to students and advanced readers for the first time. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.?Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
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"A useful source book. . . . [I]f you're Jewish and love the sea . . . It's not an account you would want to miss." -- Hillel Halkin, Forward
"Patai takes the bare bones of what there is in the Bible and, through scholarship and intellect, builds up a lively picture of life at sea.... This book will stand as a final and fitting monument to Patai's lifetime of scholarship and research into ancient Jewish history and culture." -- David Brauner, Jerusalem Post
A lively and fascinating narrative that makes a full exposition of the subject available to students and advanced readers for the first time. -- Review