Z. C. Esterson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 33% (57 of 174)
Location: Cardiff, UK
In My Own Words:
I am 38, male, British and of Irish, Scots Jewish extraction. Currently writing a PhD in Patristics at Cardiff University, Wales.

I love Israel and Jewish history.

I spent a year in Mizpe Ramon teaching for the British Council and was vey sad when the B.C. could not renew our contracts due to the political situation.

I have a an MA and BA in Classics from University College London and Universit… Read more


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The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand
40 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed, 5 Dec 2009
I am a PhD student immersed in many of the primary sources to which Shlomo Sand, specialist in modern French history, refers. The exile is assumed in rabbinic and Talmudic literature, as it is in Christian and Islamic. The Talmud is an expression of the rabbis' resolve that every scrap of Jewish law, lore, custom and memory be retained in the face of the catastrophic loss of temple, Jerusalem, Judea and state.

In the Bellum Judaeorum. Josephus is too early to realise the loss of temple and Jerusalem is permanent, and he likely hoped for their return to the Jews. But there is no question that he perceives the loss of a Jewish state, of which Jerusalem is the capital. Soon after… Read more

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