A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood

Paperback | June 6, 2000

byRaymond P. Scheindlin

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Where did the Jews come from? How did they retain their strong sense of community through centuries of dispersion? How have the Jews of the present, with their proud ethnic identity and thriving national home, emerged out of the downtrodden Jews of the past? Such questions arise naturally inthe minds of anyone contemplating the long history of Jewish people. In one concise, authoritative volume, A Short History of the Jewish People provides insights and answers. This sweeping and highly informative work presents the major geographical, cultural, and political forces that have determined the course of Jewish history, introducing the many individuals, both religious and secular, who have shaped the character, mindset, and prospects of the Jewish people.Organized chronologically, the narrative follows the Jewish experience from legendary times to the peace agreements currently being negotiated in the Middle East. And, to give this overview an international and timely perspective, Raymond P. Scheindlin focuses his study on the pivotal events anddominant communities within each historical period. Written by a respected Hebrew scholar, cultural historian, noted author, and rabbi, A Short History of the Jewish People carefully describes the story of a people as varied as the many cultures in which they have lived. Including detailed maps and stirring photos, as well as timelines andsidebars, this pioneering work is a valuable resource for anyone broadly curious about the Jewish people.

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This concise, yet comprehensive history, by respected Hebrew scholar and rabbi Raymond P. Scheindlin, introduces readers to the major geographical, cultural and political forces that have shaped the Jewish people. A Short History of the Jewish People offers a chronological description of the Jewish experience from biblical times to...

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Where did the Jews come from? How did they retain their strong sense of community through centuries of dispersion? How have the Jews of the present, with their proud ethnic identity and thriving national home, emerged out of the downtrodden Jews of the past? Such questions arise naturally inthe minds of anyone contemplating the long hi...

Raymond P. Scheindlin teaches at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. His other books include Wine, Women, and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life (OUP 1999) and The Gazelle: Medieval Hebrew Poems on God, Israel, and the Soul (OUP 1999).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.71 inPublished:June 6, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Israelite Origins and Kingdom2. Judea and the Origins of the Dispora3. Roman Palestine and Sassanid Babylonia4. The Jews in the Islamic World: From the Rise of Islam to the End of the Middle Ages5. The Jews of Medieval Christian Europe6. The Jews in the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East7. The Jews of Western Europe8. The Jews of Eastern Europe and the United States9. The Holocaust10. Zionism and the Origins of the State of Israel11. The Jewish People after 1948BibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

This concise, yet comprehensive history, by respected Hebrew scholar and rabbi Raymond P. Scheindlin, introduces readers to the major geographical, cultural and political forces that have shaped the Jewish people. A Short History of the Jewish People offers a chronological description of the Jewish experience from biblical times to the negotiation of peace agreements in the Middle East. This brief look at a troubled history focuses on the pivotal and main events that dominated each historical period.

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"Scheindlin, a respected Hebrew scholar, cultural historian, noted author and rabbi, undertakes the daunting task of summarizing Jewish history in a concise fashion....In his narrative, ...Scheindlin sheds light on Jewish experience staring with legendary times to today's ongoing Middle Eastprocess. He doesn't shy away from problems the world's Jews have faced during their history, but concludes that 'in many ways, the Jewish condition in the present is better than it has been at any time since antiquity."--The Topeka Capital-Journal