History of the Jews
A national bestseller, this brilliant 4000 year survey covers not only Jewish history but he impact of Jewish genius and imagination on the world. By the author of Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Eighties.
Before enlarging upon this perhaps controversial claim, we should consider Johnson's reasons for writing the 4000 year recorded history of the...more
It isn't so much what Johnson will teach you – it's how he says it, how he transmits the essence. To wit, here is part of his description of Mos...more
Johnson brings a relentlessly moral worldview to his various surveys of history, and he has just enough difference in temperament and worldview from me to keep me reading critically. I have come to look forward...more
The manner in which I approached the book also made it a bit confusin...more
The opening chapter, Israelites, follows the Biblical narrative of the founders of the Hebrew nation, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon, and then later, at the time of Isaiah, the narrative changes from when the descendants of Abraham became known as Jews, rather than Israelites.
Uma coisa que não gostei, mas não desmerece o livro, foi o claro posicionamento antiesquerda do autor. Nenhum intelectual da esquerda tem nenhuma qualidade. Não estou alegando que foram perfeitos, ninguém é, mas ficou claro que só foram ressaltados seus defeitos e ou posicionamentos que difiram...more
Paul Johnson is nothing but thorough in his massive and well researched history of the Jews. Though he is clear and at pains to show the truth about Jewish history and to praise Jews throughout for their contributions to the world, one cannot escape the lack of 'mea culpa' in the Catholic role of persecution - he is after all, a leading Catholic writer. He also avoids Geza Vermes' conclusion that Jesus and his followers were indeed wholly Jewish, and not some self-appointed Messi...more
The major complaints I had: The ancient history section is a little s...more
That being said, I didn't even make it through a q...more
I devoured it a the time, and my memory tells me that I really enjoyed it. It was certainly accessible, and interesting. As for making claims to its accuracy and scholarship, I humbly demur. I was entirely uncritical of the book when I read it, as one would expect of naught but a callow youth at the time. It makes i...more
Compared to other books I'm currently reading on same subject, this account is longer, wordier (but not offensively so), an...more
The best book on human history I have ever read.
Shows the common history that all of our modern religions share and the struggle for power, deception and lunacy that is humanity in fighting for one religious view over others. No religion is right. We are all decedents from one ancestor and we owe it to others to respect other opinions and views and save humankind from repeating the mistakes of the past which we don't seem to be able to do. Good lu...more
Ranging from Abraham first steps out of Ur to contemporary Israel, you will find that every single chronological statement or explanation is the product of a very deep research, and this is what it makes this book so valuable
It is also very important to highlight that even though Johnson is not Jewish, this book is cited as a reference material by prominent Rabbies and recommended by many highly qualified Jewish websites as a classic for consultation
I would highly recommend it to anybody who loves history and would like to learn more about the correlation between biblical stories and the archeological findings; the history of Judaism, its law and tradition.
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl...more