The Story of the Jews Hardback

Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492)

by Simon Shama;

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The Story of the Jews

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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain. Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not - as often imagined - of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.
Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.

The Story of the Jews by Simon Shama was published by Bodley Head Adults in September 2013 and is our 63028th best seller. The ISBN for The Story of the Jews is 9781847921321.

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Details for The Story of the Jews

Page last updated 13th March 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBodley Head Adults (September 2013)
Number of Pages512
Thickness47 mm
Height240 mm
Width162 mm
Product Code4262002
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