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A History of Judaism

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A panoramic history of Judaism from its origins to the present

Judaism is by some distance the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. Despite the extraordinarily diverse forms it has taken, the Jewish people have believed themselves bound to God by the same covenant for more than three thousand years. This book explains how Judaism came to be and how it has developed from
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Hardcover, 656 pages
Published October 26th 2017 by Allen Lane
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Margaret Heller
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Read this for Library Journal, and I really liked this one.
Justin Evans
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Very well done indeed--Goodman's book is structured a little oddly, but once you get used to that (one overview chapter per section followed by a series of deeper dives), there's nothing to hold you back. If, like me, you've got pieces of this history floating around your mind, but no way to organize them, this will give you one way to organize them. I'm particularly impressed that he consciously avoided turning this into an all-roads-lead-to-Auschwitz story, but also doesn't minimize the pogrom ...more
Joan
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a monumental work! I learned so much from this book, though there were sections I skimmed, rather than read thoroughly. It was expertly researched and documented, however, and though it was scholarly in nature, it was still accessible.

It was interesting to me also in the respect that the author is British, rather than American, so there was what I consider a more worldly and broader view.

I would have to say that breaking it down into two volumes might make it more appealing, and less overw
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An gripping, superlative read as far as antiquity to the medieval world are concerned, but he really phones in the early modern and modern.
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A sweeping history of Judaism over more than three millennia


Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides the first truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have rela

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Martin David Goodman is a historian and writer on Roman history and the history of the Jews in the Roman period.