The Gods are Broken! Paperback

The Hidden Legacy of Abraham

by Jeffrey K. Salkin;

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The Gods are Broken!

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The story of Abraham smashing his father's idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness. Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, The Gods Are Broken! views the story of the young Abraham as the "primal trauma" of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Salkin shows how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. Salkin's work - combining biblical text, archaeology, rabbinic insights, Hasidic texts (some never before translated), philosophy, history, poetry, contemporary Jewish thought, sociology, and popular culture - is nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavour.

The Gods are Broken! by Jeffrey K. Salkin was published by Jewish Publication Society in April 2013. The ISBN for The Gods are Broken! is 9780827609310.

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Details for The Gods are Broken!

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJewish Publication Society (April 2013)
Number of Pages176
Thickness11 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4071320
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