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    DescriptionFor centuries, blue and purple dyed fabrics ranked among the ancient world s most desirable objects, commanding many times their weight in gold. Few people knew their secrets, carefully guarding the valuable knowledge, and strict laws regulated their production and use. The Rarest Blue tells the incredible story of tekhelet, the elusive sky-blue color mentioned throughout the Bible. Minoans discovered it; Phoenicians stole it; Roman emperors revered it; and Jews obeying a commandment to affix a thread of it to their garments risked their lives for it. But as the Roman Empire dissolved, the color vanished. Then, in the nineteenth century, a marine biologist marveled as yellow snail guts smeared on a fisherman s shirt turned blue. But what had caused this incredible transformation? Meanwhile, a Hasidic master obsessed with the ancient technique posited that the source of the dye was no snail but a squid. Bitter controversy divided European Jews until a brilliant rabbi proved one side wrong. But had an unscrupulous chemist deceived them? In this richly illustrated book, Baruch Sterman brilliantly recounts the amazing story of this sacred dye that changed the color of history."

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    Rarest Blue
    The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Baruch Sterman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 37 g
    ISBN 13: 9780762782222
    ISBN 10: 0762782226

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRJ, HRAX
    DC21: 296.4
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, REL040030
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: TEC055000
    BIC subject category V2: PSPM
    Libri: I-TE
    BIC subject category V2: TDC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16880
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 296.4
    BISAC V2.8: SCI039000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BM657.T44 S74 2012
    Thema V1.0: TDC, QRJ, QRAX, NHC, PSPM
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white line drawings
    Globe Pequot Press
    Imprint name
    Globe Pequot Press
    Publication date
    20 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Baruch Sterman is a physicist who helped develop the modern techniques for dyeing tekhelet authentically. Cofounder of the Ptil Tekhelet Association, he has written numerous articles on the subject and is considered a world expert on snail dyeing. He works with high-tech communications companies in the United States and Israel, where he lives with his wife and coauthor, Judy Taubes Sterman.
    Review quote
    Winner of the Jewish Journal Book Award"The making of a memorable book requires the skills of an alchemist. Every author starts with the raw material of his or her own experience and expertise, but it can take a certain secret ingredient passion, vision, inspiration to transform the dross into gold. That is a fair description of what Baruch Sterman and Judy Taubes Sterman have accomplished. ... With alchemical genius ... the pair demonstrate a thoroughly modern sensibility when they show how the sciences of archaeology and chemistry were used to crack the secret of the ancient dye. Along the way, they allow the reader to see Jewish history and tradition in a new way, as they tell a rich and, literally, colorful story. ... A real page-turner ... and a book worthy of attention both for its literary merit and for its Jewish interest." Jewish Journal Book Award announcement"You'll love this Indiana Jones style chemistry adventure: an enlightening hunt for the lost source of history's most valuable dye." Mental Floss magazine"An adventure ... a fascinating journey that takes the reader back in time, offering an exciting and thorough overview into the ancient world of dyeing ... this book offers something for everyone. ... From Crete to Masada and from Galileo to Gandhi, no stone is left unturned in presenting the glorious past of the blue dye. The key players are beautifully presented along with their biographies and the historical context in which they lived and were influenced. Readers will even learn how Aristotle and Pliny affected the search for the murex snail. The Rarest Blue is simply delightful." Jewish Press"A mystery, a travelogue, an adventure story, and a work of scholarship ... The authors explain in fascinating detail how colors were deployed throughout the ancient world as status symbols, expressions of political iconography, and repositories of the sacred. ... The story ends on a note of triumph that can be understood variously as an affirmation of piety