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The Eighth Day: The Hidden History of the Jewish Contribution to Civilization [Hardcover]

by Samuel Karinsky
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August 1, 1992 0876685874 978-0876685877 First Edition
Did you know that contrary to common belief, biblical Abraham was not a nomad, that the Jews did not originate as a wandering tribe, and that Joseph managed to irrigate the Egyptian desert and create a vast artificial lake? Did you know that for years museums have been incorrectly labeling ancient glass as 'Roman glass' when in fact it is 'Jewish glass' and that Jewish slaves engineered and built the Colosseum in Rome? The contributions of Jews to the development of human civilization have been neglected, says author Samuel Kurinsky. Many Jewish innovations were appropriated by conquerors. Sophisticated iron implements accredited to the Sicilians were actually forged by Jewish slaves. Many of the 'Roman' architectural structures of its most glorious period were not built by Romans but by Jews. Drawing upon biblical, archaeological, archival, and historiographical material, Samuel Kurinsky examines this hidden history of the Jewish contribution to the evolution of civilization. Exploring the development of technology from Akkadia through Canaan, Egypt, Rome, Persia, China, and the West, The Eighth Day: The Hidden History of the Jewish Contribution to Civilization discusses the fields of architecture, glassmaking, metallurgy, and pyrotechnology, in addition to the impact of Jewish thought and culture on the origins of literacy and 'classical' thought and philosophy. Kurinsky debunks the myth of the 'wandering Jew.' According to his research, even as far back as biblical times, the Jews were artisans, craftsmen, traders, and the builders of cities, not nomadic shepherds. Well-documented evidence, gathered together for the first time in this unique historiography, forces us to look at both the history of human civilization and that of the Jewish people with a fresh eye. Ground-breaking and myth-shattering, The Eighth Day is a valuable source-book for anyone interested in technological or Jewish history.

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  • Hardcover: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; First Edition edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876685874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876685877
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a good book. September 10, 2013
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Too bad this book was so boring.
In view of all the interesting material
out there,if he had gone into depth
this could have been a wonderful book.
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Just to be transparent- I bought this based on reviews and gave as a gift to my Jewish friend who I know is a huge history buff. He has raved about this book, and has said he has learned some wonderful things he did not know (and he is 70+ years old, a mature fan of history.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eighth Day July 31, 2012
By dmaeh
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The Eighth Day is a great book full of fantastic history with some interesting facts that coincide with biblical history, too. Interesting history about Joseph after the 7 year famine and his remarkable feats that were accomplished after age 100. You will really enjoy this book for its wonderful historical value.
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