Abraham's long journey to Canaan was the beginning of a wider journey which would change the history of the world and have a profound effect on the development of most major religions. The History of Jewish Civilization is a fascinating study of that journey.
Covering more than four millennia of Jewish history, the book tracks the development of the Hebrew people from the time of the Period of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs up to the yet unfolding events of conflict in the Middle East.
The book explores how Jewish identity has been moulded by keyJewish thinkers, and by their historical experience, much of which has been war, conflict and persecution. It traces this experience over six continents - Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia, looking at communities as far flung as the Jews in Kaifeng in China, Spanish Jewry and the history of Jews in Australia.
Besides Judaic philosophy, literature and ethics, the book delves into the cuisine, calendar, festivals, and the substantial contributions of these remarkably talented and resilient people in the fields of science, art, music and business.