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The Sages: The World and Wisdom of the Rabbis of the Talmud
4.00
In this massive doorstop of a book, scholar Ephraim Urbach explores the worldview of the rabbis of the Talmud through the primary texts. Urbach's thor ...more
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Mar 23, 2012
 
The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen
4.41
A beautiful annotated edition of the fairy tales containing twelve of Andersen's most popular stories for children plus twelve more stories for adults ...more
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May 16, 2012
 
The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography
3.99
A fascinating look at how French culture, language, identity, and borders took shape, particularly during the 1700s and 1800s. I read some chapters an ...more
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Aug 09, 2012
 
Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians
3.44
This was a nice, short 100-page overview of the subject of magic in the Roman Empire among Jews, Christians, and pagans from 0-300 CE. It is written p ...more
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Jan 18, 2013
 
Jerusalem's Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea
4.04
This is essentially a modern retelling of Josephus's biography and his role in the history of the Jewish War that led to the destruction of the Second ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century
4.33
Only got the chance to skim a few chapters, but some fascinating stuff. The chapter on abortion and birth control was very moving. I wish there were m ...more
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May 10, 2012
 
The Origins of Jewish Mysticism
4.20
A very scholarly survey of early Jewish texts containing mystical elements. The book begins with the apocalyptic accounts in Ezekiel and Daniel and co ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
 
The Later Herods: The Political Background of the New Testament
4.00
A popular-style history of Herod the Great's successors, by a British author, from the late 1950s. This was kind of fun and well-written, a readable s ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
Herod the Great
3.69
A very readable biography of Herod the Great (he of infant-massacring fame).

Totally fascinating and written with sufficient narrative skill to read a
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Dec 20, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen
3.00
Translation seems fine (not that I know more than a few words of Danish), but it's just a bit frustrating because the translator picks and chooses whi ...more
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May 10, 2012
 
Hans Christian Andersen
4.00
Very interesting and readable biography of Hans Christian Andersen - long though! Interestingly, the biographer includes a kind of literary vignette a ...more
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Oct 17, 2012
 
Gaslight and Shadow: The World of Napoleon III, 1851-1870
3.00
A charming, well-written look at a culturally rich time in France's history, Napoleon III's benevolent dictatorship. Rather than writing a straightfor ...more
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Apr 04, 2012
 
The Partings Of The Ways: Between Christianity And Judaism And Their Significance For The Character Of Christianity
4.00
Scholarly, but for the persevering reader, excellent for getting a clearer view of the earliest Christian sects, and how and when they gradually grew ...more
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Aug 24, 2012
 
When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East
3.80
Solid, erudite scholarship. The breadth of Lopez-Ruiz's knowledge of ancient languages and cultures, including Greek, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Ugaritic ...more
Dec 13, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
The Translator's Invisibility: A History of Translation
3.63
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Sep 29, 2011
 
After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation
4.10
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Sep 29, 2011
 
Prophets Without Honour: Freud, Kafka, Einstein, and Their World
4.17
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Sep 30, 2011
 
Medieval Civilization 400-1500
4.07
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Sep 30, 2011
 
A History of Ancient Israel and Judah
3.65
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Sep 30, 2011
 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
4.17
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Coal: A Human History
3.69
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Oct 02, 2011
 
Communism: A History
3.60
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Oct 02, 2011
 
The French Secret Services: From the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War
3.33
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends
4.15
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes
3.31
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Medieval Heresy: Popular Movements from the Gregorian Reform to the Reformation
3.62
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Origins of European Dissent
3.40
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages
4.17
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Sep 27, 2011
 
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture
4.28
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe
3.81
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Sep 22, 2011
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