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    In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to
    the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details
    the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three
    millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to
    the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day.

    It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against
    destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the
    affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

    It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia
    and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes
    you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of
    southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall
    paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman
    catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the
    severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems
    of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

    In The Story of the Jews, the Talmud burns in the streets of
    Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a
    Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants
    are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems
    founder at sea.

    And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture
    apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the
    peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the
    Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

    Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.


    Story of the Jews, The: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD