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The Gifts of the Jews

Thomas Cahill

ISBN 10: 0385482485 / ISBN 13: 9780385482486
Published by Nan A Talese-Doubleday, New York, NY, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill. Published by Nan A Talese-Doubleday, New York, NY, April 1998. 1st US Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 8vo. Condition: As New in As New DJ. 291 Pgs. ISBN 0385482485. LCCN 97-45139. How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. This book is a road map that opens up the path of Western history, enabling us all to trace our cultural heritage back to its ultimate source - the religious ideas and feelings of ancient Isr'l. Description text copyright 2001 BooksForComfort. Item ID 3300. Bookseller Inventory # 3300

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Title: The Gifts of the Jews

Publisher: Nan A Talese-Doubleday, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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Ex-Library with all usual stamps and markings. Some wear. Pages are clean. Plastic protective cover to DJ

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Thomas Cahill, author of the bestselling How the Irish Saved Civilization, continues his Hinges of History series with The Gifts of the Jews, a light-handed, popular account of ancient Jewish culture, the culture of the Bible. The book is written from a decidedly modern point of view. Cahill notes, for instance, that Abraham moved the Jews from Ur to the land of Canaan "to improve their prospects," and that the leering inhabitants of Sodom surrounded Lot's lodging "like the ghouls in Night of the Living Dead." The Gifts of the Jews nonetheless encourages us to see the Old Testament through ancient eyes--to see its characters not as our contemporaries but as those of Gilgamesh and Amenhotep. Cahill also lingers on often-overlooked books of the Bible, such as Ruth, to discuss changes in ancient sensibility. The result is a fine, speculative, eminently readable work of history.

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