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Jews, God and History

by Max I. Dimont

PUBLISHED: 31st March 2003
ISBN: 9780451207012
ANNOTATION:
Now updated and broadened, this acclaimed book spans centuries and circles the globe to tell the astounding 4,000-year story of the Jewish people and their triumphant contributions to the history of Asia, Europe, and America.
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PUBLISHED: 31st March 2003
ISBN: 9780451207012
ANNOTATION:
Now updated and broadened, this acclaimed book spans centuries and circles the globe to tell the astounding 4,000-year story of the Jewish people and their triumphant contributions to the history of Asia, Europe, and America.

Annotation

Now updated and broadened, this acclaimed book spans centuries and circles the globe to tell the astounding 4,000-year story of the Jewish people and their triumphant contributions to the history of Asia, Europe, and America.

Publisher Description

How have the Jews survived through so many millennia while other civilizations have declined and perished? What qualities mark the culture that has produced Moses, Christ, Spinoza, Marx, Freud, and Einstein? From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max I. Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the story of virtually every nation on earth. This is a tale of a people escaping annihilation, fighting, falling back, advancing—a lively and fascinating look at how the Jews have contributed to humankind's spiritual and intellectual heritage in remarkable ways, and across a remarkable span of history.

Author Biography

Max I. Dimont, author of The Indestructible Jews, The Jews in America, The Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People, and Appointment in Jerusalem, was born in Helsinki, Finland, and came to the United States in 1930. He taught himself English by reading Shakespeare's plays, the Bible, and American plays translated into Finnish. After serving in intelligence with the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked in public relations and employee relations for Edison Brothers Stores in St. Louis. Following the first publication of the bestselling Jews, God and History, he lectured extensively on Jewish history throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Finland until his death in 1992.

Table of Contents

Preface It Happened Only Once in History! A streamlined review of the four thousand years and the six civilizations which have cradled the Jewish people, examining some of the perverse factors in one of history''s most illogical survivals - that of a nation which has proclaimed itself God''s Chosen People, and almost has the world convinced of it. I: The Portable God An in-depth survey of the Pagan Age, which begins with a band of nomads known as Hebrews, who elbow their way into history, "invent" a monopoly God, establish a kingdom, survive defeat, and outlive their conquerors, only to run headlong into the Greeks. 1: The Grand Illusion 2: The Reluctant Prophet 3: Judges, Kings, and Usurpers 4: Religion Is Packaged II: The Age of the "Apikorsim" How the Jews defended themselves against the "Apikorsim" - the Epicurean Greeks - and their naked statues; and how they survived military slaughter at the hands of the Romans, who laid Jerusalem waste and made much of Palestine off-limits to them. 5: The Baited Pin-Up Culture 6: The Fight That Failed 7: Rome, Caesarism, and Rebellion 8: The Sealed Coffin 9: The Conquering Word 10: A New Deal for Diaspora III: Moses, Christ, and Caesar An unorthodox account of the establishment of the Christian "Son religion" in competition with the Jewish "Father religion," and how it challenged the might of Rome to become the creed of Europe. 11: Messiah and Apostle 12: The Church Triumphant IV: The Invisible World of the Talmud The incredible tale of how a handful of Jews scattered among alien cultures in three continents grew into an influential "intellectual world" by virtue of the invisible power of Talmudic learning, and how that learning finally consumed itself in the ghettos of medieval Europe. 13: The "Ivy League" Yeshivas 14: Bibliosclerosis of the Talmud V: Muhammad, Allah, and Jehovah The improbable but true tale of a camel driver''s establishment of a world empire in the name of Allah, wherein the Jews rose to their Golden Age of creativity, only to be plunged into a Dark Age with the eclipse of the Crescent and the ascent of the Cross. 15: History Travels to Mecca 16: The Jewish Renaissance in Mufti 17: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Protestant Revolt VI: The Prince and the Yellow Star How the Jews with only a gesture - conversion - could have saved themselves from banishment in the ghetto, but insted chose the yellow star of ignominy, yet became indispensable to the medieval prince because they were the only ones who carried the torch of learning and the spirit of enterprise in an age of darkness. 18: Crusades, Renaissance, and Reformation 19: Concerto for Violence 20: The Yellow Badge of Courage 21: The Ghetto Capitalist 22: Kabala and Kinnanhorra VII: On the Horns of Modern "Isms" The second Jewish Exodus - from the ghetto into a rapidly shrinking world of freedom, where the Jews become prime ministers, generals, merchant princes, and the charter members in an intellectual avant-garde that was to change the destiny of the world and hurl new challenges to Jewish survival reminiscent of Babylonian times. 23: Anatomy of Emancipation 24: Rehearsal for Racism 25: Western Europe: The New Enlightenment 26: Eastern Europe: The New Humanism 27: United States: The New Babylon 28: The Brown-Shirted Christ Killers 29: The Will to Win: From Zionism to the State of Israel VIII: Conclusion: A Cultural Mosaic Concluding the odyssey of the Jewish people through four thousand years of history, venturing a historical explanation of the remarkable survival of this people, which is as modern and intellectually alive today as it was four millennia ago. 30: Exiled to Freedom Appendix: The Recent History of Palestine/Israel Bibliography Index

Review

"More interesting than the facts Dimont has collected...is the fascinating reasoning of a bright and unorthodox mind."--San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

"A book of life and hope. There are few greater documents to the vitality and perseverance of Man than this history of the Jews."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Done with warmth and vitality. Written for laymen by a scholarly layman who has a passion for his theme."--Max Lerner

"By far the liveliest popular history of the Jewish people that I have ever read. In many ways, a strikingly original synthesis of Jewish history."--Richard B. Morris, author of The Forging of the Union, 1781-1789 and Witnesses at the Creation

Product Details

Author
Max I. Dimont
Short Title
JEWS GOD & HIST 2/E
Pages
592
Publisher
New American Library
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0451207017
ISBN-13
9780451207012
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-03-31
Residence
US
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade
Subtitle
Second Edition