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Jews, God, and History (50th Anniversary Edition) by [Dimont, Max I.]
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"More interesting than the facts Dimont has collected...is the fascinating reasoning of a bright and unorthodox mind."--San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

"A book of life and hope. There are few greater documents to the vitality and perseverance of Man than this history of the Jews."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Done with warmth and vitality. Written for laymen by a scholarly layman who has a passion for his theme."--Max Lerner

"By far the liveliest popular history of the Jewish people that I have ever read. In many ways, a strikingly original synthesis of Jewish history."--Richard B. Morris, author of The Forging of the Union, 1781-1789 and Witnesses at the Creation



More interesting than the facts Dimont has collected is the fascinating reasoning of a bright and unorthodox mind. San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle

A book of life and hope. There are few greater documents to the vitality and perseverance of Man than this history of the Jews. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Done with warmth and vitality. Written for laymen by a scholarly layman who has a passion for his theme. Max Lerner

By far the liveliest popular history of the Jewish people that I have ever read. In many ways, a strikingly original synthesis of Jewish history. Richard B. Morris, author of The Forging of the Union, 1781 1789 and Witnesses at the Creation

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Examines Jewish history to show the relation between the Jew and his God and the reasons behind Jewish survival over four thousand years.

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  • Publisher: Signet; 2 edition (1 Jun. 2004)
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Max Dimont's talent is comparable to that of the late Will Durant. He manages to give an accurate sketch of Judaic history with enough flavour to make it "come alive" for the non-historian. As a Jew, I found that Dimont the scholar is factual and respectful of the subject matter while adding much-needed levity in key moments. Highly recommended, especially for the bibliography.
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This popular history of the Jewish people succeeds in bringing the four thousand year saga alive for the general reader. The author observes that even though the furniture of the West may be Greek, the house of Western civilization is Jewish. One of the questions examined in this book is: How did the Jewish people survive the disappearance of every civilization in which they lived? The following six eras are discussed in the Preface: the Pagan World, Greco-Roman civilization, Diaspora, Islam, European Middle Ages and the Modern Age. Dimont accepts the psychoanalytic, philosophical and existentialist interpretation of history that holds that ideas motivate mankind and shape history.

Part One: The Portable God, explores the age of paganism, the origin of the Hebrews and of monotheism and the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, until the coming of the Greeks and the clash of Greek and Hebrew culture. In Part Two: Age Of The Apikorsim, he looks at the survival of Jewish culture and religion under the Greeks, the Roman take-over of the land, the destruction of Jerusalem and the various Jewish revolts until the final banishment from the Holy Land.

Part 3: Moses, Christ and Caesar investigates the birth of Christianity as a Jewish sect, how the religions were separated during the aforementioned wars and revolts and the spread and ultimate triumph of Christianity in Europe. The next section, Invisible World Of The Talmud, explains how Judaism and Jewish identity were preserved in the diaspora by means of Talmudic learning.
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I bought this mistakenly thinking that it would be a detailed and balanced assessment of the contribution that Jews have brought to world history. At one level it works - there are many genuine nuggets of real interest and insight to be unearthed between its pages. Unfortunately there is more than a little dross and a far from subtle bias with more than a few incredulous liberties taken with real history to try to support claims that just do not work. Overall a bit of a disappointment - the three stars are for the nugggets alone.
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This is a good, accurate book. For those with little knowledge of the subject, it is a good start; however, it oversimplifies and overgeneralizes in many areas. I would suggest that a reader of this book supplements his background with more detailed studies of the various topics.
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Some reviewers have quibbled about this book glossing over detail and supplements being needed. I say nonsense to this, the book does not pretend to be anything else than a popular history of the Jewish people. As the advert says, "it does exactly what it says on the tin". If you want an academic study then you will not be reading this book. What do you expect in 571 pages. The book includes bibliography,and appendix anyway !

However, without a doubt, the late Max Dimont has a great gift as a popular communicator and the book is a highly enjoyable read, in fact I would say it is unusual to read a history book as a rapid 'page turner' which this book is.

For the non academic this book is excellent.
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Of all the Jewish histories I have read, Jews, God & History best describes the survival of not only the Jewish race and religion, but the actual idea of being Jewish. To paraphrase Joseph Heller in God Knows -- If God chose to flood the world again, Jews would learn to breath under water. This is the idea behind Max Dimont's wonderful little history (although Mr. Heller wrote God Knows after Mr. Dimont's book -- but as they say, "great minds think alike"). Read, learn and enjoy this masterpiece of Jewish history.
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As a non-Jew with little previous knowledge of their history, I found this book to be incredibly informative and certainly provided a deep insight into Jewish history over the last 2000 years or so. Obviously, one has to trust in the accuracy and honesty of the author in this depiction of the Jewish nation, but it does give a fairly broad picture and although there may be some occasional bias on the part of the author, it nonetheless does offer a pretty candid exploration of Jewishness through the ages and into modern times - nothing much appears to have been left out. My only criticisms would be that it sometimes waffles on a bit and does wander around timeline-wise. In conclusion, if you have an interest in gaining an understanding of the history of the Jewish people, I can certainly recommend this book.
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I first read this book as a University comparitive religion set book back in the 1970s. Recently I saw it was on Kindle and deceided to re-read it again. It's very pithy, direct and very American Jewish. It is full of intesting comments on the study of History, What it means to be Jewish, and the interesting contribution the Jews have made to Civilisation. I am non-Jewish, but I think we should all be aware of what this book has to tell us. It is just as important now as when it was written 50 + years ago.
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