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The Jews: A History [Paperback]

John Efron , Steven Weitzman , Matthias Lehmann

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26 Nov 2013 0205858260 978-0205858262 2

Explores the history of the Jewish people


The Jews: A History, 2/e, explores the religious, cultural, social, and economic diversity of the Jewish people and their faith. The latest edition incorporates new research and includes a broader spectrum of people — mothers, children, workers, students, artists, and radicals — whose perspectives greatly expand the story of Jewish life.


MySearchLab is a part of the Efron/Weitzman/Lehmann program. Research and writing tools, including access to academic journals, help students understand 20th century history in even greater depth. To provide students with flexibility, students can download the eText to a tablet using the free Pearson eText app.


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"The Jews: A History is an intelligent, comprehensive text that takes a very professional approach in its treatment of Jewish history."

-Jay Berkovitz, University of Massachusetts Amherst


"It is well written, it reflects current scholarly consensus, it covers the important issues, and it has very useful maps, pictures, diagrams."

-Marsha Rozenblit, University of Maryland


"The Jews: A History is a clearly written.... [readers] will find it useful in gaining a better understanding of the major developments in Jewish life."

-Saskia Coenen Snyder, University of South Carolina


"Excellent....Uses the approach of social and political history to provide a clear narrative of major developments in Jewish History throughout the world."

-Rebekah Klein-Pejsova, Perdue University

About the Author

John Efron holds the Koret Chair in Jewish History at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is a specialist in the cultural and social history of German Jewry.  A native of Melbourne, Australia, he has a B.A. from Monash University in Melbourne, has studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, took his M.A. at New York University and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University.


Steven Weitzman is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls, much of his work focusing on literary and religious practice in the centuries following the biblical period. Drawing heavily on comparative evidence from ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman literature, his research has sought to rethink the relationship between texts and contexts in the Hebrew Bible/early Judaism and to pose new questions about ritual, religious violence, early Jewish literary practice, and the history of biblical interpretation.


Matthias B. Lehmann is an historian of early modern and modern Jewish history with a special interest in the history of the Spanish Jews and the Sephardi diaspora in the Mediterranean world. After studying in Freiburg, Jerusalem, Berlin, and Madrid, he earned his Ph.D. from Freie Universit™t Berlin in 2002 and is an associate professor of History and Jewish Studies at Indiana University. His is the author of Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture (Indiana University Press, 2005), runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award in 2006. His articles have appeared in Jewish History, Jewish Social Studies, Sefarad, and Jewish Studies Quarterly. He is currently working on a book entitled Networks of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Identity in the Sephardi Diaspora, looking at rabbinic networks and networks of support for the Jewish communities of Palestine in the Sephardi diaspora in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Attractive but expensive 24 Dec 2013
By Robert Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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I was sent an advance copy of the book, which is quite attractively designed, with up to date coverage of major trends of Jewish history since the Biblical period to the present. I am considering using it as a text for an introductory college course on the Jewish Diaspora, but I am troubled by the relatively expensive prices listed for the book, both in paperback ($72.) and in Kindle format ($50.). A Kindle book for $50 is an imposition on students who qualify for Pell Grants and other need based financial aid even at a relatively inexpensive public university. The book I currently use is Raymond Scheindlin's aptly named A Short History of the Jewish People, available in paperback for less than $15 with Amazon Prime free shipping, and for less than $10 for used copies including shipping. The second edition of The Jews: A History is definitely more colorful, with more content, color maps, and many photographs, but it is prohibitively costly, reminiscent of some of the social studies textbooks marketed for use in high schools. If the price for The Jews: A History were more reasonable, I would have no compunction about requiring my students to buy it as a basic textbook on the Jewish experience. As an update, I notice that the first edition (2008) of this book is available for RENTAL FOR $28.50, with Amazon Fulfillment.
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