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Thomas Cahill, author of the bestselling How the Irish Saved Civilization, continues his Hinges of History series with The Gifts of the Jews, a light-handed, popular account of ancient Jewish culture, the culture of the Bible. The book is written from a decidedly modern point of view. Cahill notes, for instance, that Abraham moved the Jews from Ur to the land of Canaan "to improve their prospects," and that the leering inhabitants of Sodom surrounded Lot's lodging "like the ghouls in Night of the Living Dead." The Gifts of the Jews nonetheless encourages us to see the Old Testament through ancient eyes--to see its characters not as our contemporaries but as those of Gilgamesh and Amenhotep. Cahill also lingers on often-overlooked books of the Bible, such as Ruth, to discuss changes in ancient sensibility. The result is a fine, speculative, eminently readable work of history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cahill argues that the greatest gifts of the Jews are the linear theory of history (vs. the cyclical theory of other ancients), with its implication that life can get better and avoid decline and the idea of the equality and dignity of each individual that culminated in the declaration that "All men are created equal." Other gifts include the concepts of universal brotherhood, peace, and justice. (LJ 3/15/97)
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This was a book that changed the way I look at the Bible--in the best possible way. You should definitely read it.Published 1 day ago by A. Barefoot
I have been gong down a Hebraic path in my Christian faith and this book, recommended by Rob Bell on his Rob Cast, has been thoroughly enjoyable and informative.Published 4 days ago by Raf Zayas
Cahill makes an imagined and provocative case for the roots of many modern values and beliefs that we have inherited from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Jewish people. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Althusius
Awww yessss....this is a good book. It reads much like a novel, infusing facts in a good narrative of the way people were so long ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AvianMan
I enjoyed this book because it made me think of certain parts of the bible narrative differently. I found the first four chapters the best.Published 1 month ago by Keevin Berman
An interesting walk through the Old Testament, biblical characters brought to life.Published 2 months ago by tedi ortiz
I could not put it down. I'm always looking for more of Cahill's books.Published 3 months ago by Michele Bard Slinkard