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A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews Paperback – June 9, 2012
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The discussion of the biblical period includes descriptions of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Hurrians, Amorites, Hamites, Akkadians, Cannanites, Chaldeans, Arameans, and Egyptians, not to mention the Greeks and Romans. I learned that the Philistines came from Greece and Crete and were the Vikings of 1400 BCE. In the Story of David and Bathsheba, David has Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite, killed. The author explains who the Hittites were and why one of them would have been a soldier in David's Judean army.
I was raised in a Reform Jewish temple, but I learned more about the history of Reform Judaism from this book than I did from twelve years of sunday school. However, interest in this book should not be limited to Jews. It also discusses the history and development of Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Islam. It explains (among other things) the split between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, the origin of the word Presbyterian, and the influence of the Protestant Reformation on Judaism. It also offers insight into the conflict between present day Islam and the west. This is a very insightful and thought-provoking work.
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A must read! Not an easy read, but really an important book!Published 10 months ago by Kennet M. Weiss
This is a very interesting work but about half-way through I found it a bit repetitive. Overall, a worthwhile read for a better understanding of secular/humanistic Judaism.Published 16 months ago by Edith C. Kaplan
I haven't finished reading it but so far I find this book thoroughly interesting. It is a book that anyone would find very worthwhile, Jewish or not. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christine Waclawski
Just started, it is amazing... and provocative too. I am trying to get in touch with people from the Humanistic Judaism.Published on May 10, 2014 by RAMIRO
The book added to my understanding of Jewish history. It seemed to be seamlessly edited. It had a very nice bibliographyPublished on March 15, 2014 by Steven Williams
This book is well written and provides insight into the origin of families, clans, tribes, and cultures in the near and middle east in the ancient world based on archeology and... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Angus Germain
the real story, what an eye opener as to what was really going in ancient times. i would highly recommend this book .Published on October 5, 2013 by Lenore K.
I particularly liked the analogies the author made comparing various sects of the Jewish faith to various sects of Christian and Muslem faiths. The history was also excellent.Published on June 15, 2013 by asa jewell
This book reviews the socioeconomic and cultural conditions of the ancient Middle East, where the Jewish communities were established. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Faramarz Naeim