The Gifts of the Jews

The Gifts of the Jews : How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels

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In "The Gifts of the Jews", Thomas Cahill reveals the critical change that made Western civilisation possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning irrevocably until ancient Jews began to see time differently, as a narrative whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new concept of men and women as individuals with unique destinies, and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. Full of compelling stories, insights, and humour, this book is an irresistible exploration of the origins of some of our oldest and most closely held beliefs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 18mm | 248g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • map
  • 074595054X
  • 9780745950549
  • 367,171

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"Persuasive as well as entertaining...Mr. Cahill's book [is] a gift."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "The New York Times" "An outstanding and very readable book...highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "A very good read, a dramatically effective, often compelling retelling of the Hebrew Bible."--Charles Gold, "Chicago Sun Times" "This is a valuable book, of interest to everyone, religious or not."--"Washington Times" "A highly readable, entrancing journey." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
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About Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill was formerly religious books publisher at Doubleday in New York. He has achieved outstanding success with his first two books How the Irish Saved Civilisation and The Gifts of the Jews. Desire of the Evelasting Hills is the third in a loose series the author is calling Hinges of History.
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3,815 ratings
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4 40% (1,544)
3 24% (914)
2 5% (198)
1 2% (77)
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