- Paperback: 510 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 5 Rev Enl edition (November 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0075535599
- ISBN-13: 978-0075535591
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first part covers the history of the ancient Israelites. One gets a view of the Old Testament from a secular Jewish viewpoint in the "man created God" mode. Sachar says that Jewish priests wrote the history of Israel primarily during the Babylonian captivity--centuries after the events happened. The lesson of their history is that the Jews lost their country because they did not follow the laws of Yahweh closely enough.
The second part covers the life of Jews during the Middle Ages. There was a golden age in Moslem Spain when the Jews were tolerated quite well and they produced many accomplishments for that society. One learns about all the great Jewish thinkers and leaders in general during the Middle Ages. But the Middle Ages were primarily not a good time for the Jews because there was no concept of religious tolerance during that time. Christian leaders thought that it was very progressive to make their states into wholly Christian ones and therefore tried to drum out infidels. Sachar says that Jews were forced to live in ghettoes in the worst side of town. He says concerning the Talmud trials of the Middle Ages that the accusations against the Talmud are false.Read more ›
The first three chapters deal with his theory as to the origin of the Hebrew people, and cannot be said to be really history. It is simply theory - which largely departs from the Biblical narrative- without any real proof or substance. Yet it is an interesting theory nonetheless.
The author puts more stock on Assyrian and Moabite accounts of ancient Hebrew history than on Hebrew accounts, and there is no real reason for this.
The theory which Sachar puts forward here seems to have been a popular one , and was later taken up by Howard Fast in his `The Jews : Story Of A People'.
Sachar go's on to document the history of Israel, with accounts of the reigns of King David and Solomon, the two kingdoms in the north and south, the Prophets, the revolt of the Maccabees, the Roman occupation and the destruction of Jerusalem and exile of most of the Jews from Israel by the Romans.
What follows is the experiences of the Jews in Europe, through the centuries, the travails and persecutions in Spain, Germany and Poland. The contributions of the Baal Shem Tov, the Vilna Gaon and Moses Mendelssohn, right up to the beginnings of the holocaust, and the rising of the Phoenix from the ashes of the Nation of Zion.
The State of Israel represents the hope after years of pain, of the Jewish people. In the name of all that the Jews have been through , the State of Israel, the embodiment of the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland , must prevail.