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I have just finished reading the first chapter of Simon Schama's "The Story of the Jews". The chapter is entitled "In Egypt" and contains one basic error and a slightly tendentious use of sources, which do not bode well for the rest of the book:
At the beginning of the second paragraph of page 16 of his book Schama writes "(...) the Sabbath is not mentioned in Deuteronomy (...). This error is so crass that it should be spotted by anyone with a basic knowledge of the Five Books of Moses. The Sabbath is mentioned three times in verses 12 - 15 of Chapter 5 of Deuteronomy.
On pages 13 - 14 the chapter Schama refers to the Jewish temple at Elephantine and makes play of the… Read more