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1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted history, not polemic., 11 July 1999
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This review is from: A History of the Jews (Paperback)
I was seeking a thorough and impartial history of the Jews and this was the wrong book. The author repeatedly states opinion as fact as he praises the Israelites and denigrates the ethics and religion of the Egyptian and other Pagan cultures. His sole reason for declaring the Jews superior to all other cultures is that their beliefs were based on the One True God rather than a "childish" pantheon. He also periodically attempts to demonstrate the validity of various Christian practices and beliefs by showing how Jewish prophecy foreshadows Christ. Incongruous in a history of the Jews? I thought so. Also the way in which Mr. Johnson so easily accuses any ambivalent Jew of "self-hatred". I sought history so that I could make my own decisions, but instead found a morally-simplistic and one-sided Missionary tract.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2013 00:48:20 GMT
57 of 87 found your review helpful....
Looks like you may have annoyed some God worshipping types.

How dare you differentiate factual history from religion based opinion!
GOD WILL PUNISH YOU!

Posted on 12 Jun 2013 22:41:38 BDT
Can't see what the problem is. Every historian takes a stance. That he doesn't take an atheist stance is quite understandable. Also, what is the problem with considering Jesus in a book about Judaism. Jesus was a Jew and a rabbi and claimed to be the son of the Jewish God, YHWH. The entire Bible (except 2 books) was written by Jews. You simply cannot extract Jesus from Judaism and vice versa. Just remember, all history is biased, being based on an interpretation of extant documents which themselves are self-selcting and biased. Its what makes history fun: it challenges the reader's own biases. Is that what hurt, Mr Customer?
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