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The Gifts of the Jews (Hinges of History)
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The Gifts of the Jews (Hinges of History) by Thomas Cahill

The author of the runaway bestsellerHow the Irish Saved Civilizationhas done it again. InThe Gifts of the JewsThomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The Gifts of the Jewsreveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Full of compelling stories, insights and humor,The Gifts of the Jewsis an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun asHow the Irish Saved Civilization.

Author: Thomas Cahill

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

Publication Date: 1998-03-16

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 0385482485

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