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The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History) Paperback – 1 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385482493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385482493
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Cahill, author of the best-selling How the Irish Saved Civilization, continues his Hinges of History series with The Gifts of the Jews, a light-handed, popular account of ancient Jewish culture, the culture of the Bible. The book is written from a decidedly modern point of view. Cahill notes, for instance, that Abraham moved the Jews from Ur to the land of Canaan "to improve their prospects", and that the leering inhabitants of Sodom surrounded Lot's lodging "like the ghouls in Night of the Living Dead". The Gifts of the Jews nonetheless encourages us to see the Old Testament through ancient eyes--to see its characters not as our contemporaries but as those of Gilgamesh and Amenhotep. Cahill also lingers on often overlooked books of the Bible, such as Ruth, to discuss changes in ancient sensibility. The result is a fine, speculative, eminently readable work of history. --Ali Perry-Gallagher --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"Persuasive as well as entertaining...Mr. Cahill's book [is] a gift."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"An outstanding and very readable book...highly recommended."--Library Journal
"A very good read, a dramatically effective, often compelling retelling of the Hebrew Bible."--Charles Gold, Chicago Sun Times
"This is a valuable book, of interest to everyone, religious or not."
--Washington Times
"A highly readable, entrancing journey."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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