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A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present Hardcover – November 1, 1994

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A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People, edited by Eli Barnavi, is one of those rare books that can literally make a reader gasp with delight and horror. It may even be the best one-volume history of Judaism in print. Beginning with "The Migrations of the Patriarchs," and continuing to the present day, the book's chapters include historical maps, timelines, illustrations and photographs, and narrative essays by leading historians (such as Moshe Idel) that help readers not only understand but visualize the movements of the Jewish people. The editors have chosen not to structure the story as leading inexorably to the Holocaust and the rise of Israel, although both events are covered in some detail. Instead, they have depicted the rich variety of lives established by the Diaspora in such far-flung places as China and England, and have been equally attentive to the joys and triumphs of Jews, both in everyday life and in national cultures, as to the considerable tragedies Jews have endured. The text of this book is smart and readable, but the real joy of the atlas is its illustrations, many of which are rarely seen, such as 20th-century artist Abel Pann's depiction of the creation of Adam, "He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." It's the kind of image that reminds you that life really is a gift, and makes you savor it. --Michael Joseph Gross

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The history of the Jews spans more than two millenia and encompasses most parts of the globe--an extraordinary saga which is set forth pictorially in this comprehensive, and richly illustrated and designed volume. With hundreds of brilliantly detailed maps, photographs, and drawings, and chronologies and commentaries by leading experts, A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People is both an authoritative reference work and a sumptuous gift volume.
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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805241272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805241273
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had received this book from two people, one from a very good friend of my father's, and once from a good friend of mine. I had used this as a resource for research projects in my middle school and in my Hebrew High School as well. This book has information about many well known, and not so well known Jewish events. It starts in 2500BCE with The Migration of The Patriarchs and goes all the way to Modern Israel in the 1990s. This book has many diagrams, photographs, and paragraphs explaining how the Jews were always everywhere in a hidden or obvious way. This would be an excellent gift for a bar mitzvah (when I had gotten it twice), bat mitzvah, birthday or any occassion for that matter. It is as well an excellent book to have as reference. I strongly suggest this book to any one wishing to find information about Jews playing an influence in the world.
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"The Historical Atlas of the Jewish People" is a wonderful reference book on the history of the Jews. It has beautiful photos and maps and any information you could possibly want on the historical and cultural background of Judaism. Great to give as a gift... or keep on your coffee table of browsing.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent and informative book for those who wants to learn jewish history and geography. It has plenty of valuable illustrations, maps and photos.
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Few of the world's peoples can boast of a history as long and as varied as that of the Jews, or one encompassing such a range of achievements and tragedy. It spans more than three millennia and has touched most parts of the globe. This text sets forth this history graphically-in nearly a thousand detailed and accurate maps, brilliantly reproduced drawings, photographs, and paintings; plus chronologies and commentaries by dozens of leading experts. The result is a triumph of the bookmaking art-a comprehensive and dependable reference work.
Beyond the strictly historical, the Atlas also deals with many fascinating and important aspects of jewish culture-languages, literature, art, and music.
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This work needs to be more available and perhaps updated.
There are some rare typographical or editorial errors, five to my count. Otherwise, the work has rather good texts by various contributors (hidden until the end of the work as an appendix). It has excellent graphics and maps and various timelines along the pages. While it is quite contemporary, a small addition might be reasonable to reflect the last decade. Little has been excluded here excepting perhaps some material on Jewish communities of South Africa and Australia.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. But this appears to be an older edition. Because it is not being sold directly by Amazon, the prices of these also look more expensive (at least as of the date I'm writing this). Look for a 2002 edition (Amazon lists it as 2003 but my copyright page says 2002).

This is a beautiful book that illustrates the history of the Jews throughout the world. One nice thing about it is that it covers Jewish communities in surprising times and places such as China in the 11th Century or Latin America in the 1800s. Of course, it's focus is on the bulk of the Jewish population in Europe and then America. It covers the full history from biblical times to today. The one flaw in this regard is the near absence of coverage of Sephardic communities in more recent times.

Each topic is covered in a 2-page spread which has text, pictures and a timeline. It is a large-sized book but clearly 2 pages only allows for the briefest coverage. The strength of the book is that it makes you aware of where Jews were at different times and how they interacted with, and were affected by, the broader society.

The book approaches the Jewish people from a historical, not religious perspective. It portrays the Jews as a people.
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This is the first book I've ever seen that describes the famous wanderings of the Jewish people in visuals and maps. I have spent quite a few hours poring over it and I am very glad I have it on my shelf now as a reference.
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This is as fine a single volume atlas of the Jewish people as I have ever seen. Vivid in both illustration and content. A MUST HAVE for anyone wanting an overview of the achievements and distasters that constitute the history of the Jews.
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