Feiler takes a secular view of the Abraham story and discusses the significance to the three religions. Trouble is his thesis could be easily stated in about half the time. Also the last 45 minutes or so is a preview of his "Walking through the Bible". Nevertheless if you are interested in the topic and have nothing better to listen to this one is OK.
Kirsch elaborates and dramatizes four stories that involve sexual intrigue and violence bringing these to life. Each story is followed by a brief commentary shedding some insight as to their meaning.
The stories are: Lot and his daughters, Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, the gang rape of a Levite's concubine, and the rape of David's daughter Tamar by her half brother.
It's a very enjoyable audiobook; I only wished it had not been abridged.
This is a detailed account of Jewish history from a Jewish secular perspective. It seemed to take me a long time to finish listening to this book partly because the audio quality is poor and the reader has a tiring voice. There is also some repetition that could be left out.
Overall if you are interested in the subject it's still a worthwhile listen.
This book can be divided into four parts. There is a very good review of Jewish history much more concise and listenable than Max Dimont's Jews, God and History.
Second is the discussion of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, also worth listening to.
Thirdly there is a biblical judgment of Judaism and Islam from the Evangelical Christian, New Testament point of view. The repeated references to the "Lord" may put some readers off, but the intro does state that this book is from Christian perspective. Even though I'm not a Christian I found it useful to understand a different point of view.
Fourthly, there is good logical discussion of the Arab and Jewish claims to Palestine.
The narration is excellent and is unique for having included some music, and book is easy to listen to.
I downgraded from 5 stars because for an Audiobook it's rather too wordy and long, IMO. Overall I felt the author tried to present a balanced point of view by alternating the perspective from Jewish to
Arab and vice-versa.
I agree with another reviewer that by missing some of the background conditions it give a slight Arab bias, but it's hard to present any history of such a hot topic without being accused of bias.
This has been my favorite audible book. It has historical detail, adventure, technical details and has excellent narration and sound quality. It's also a good length for an audio book--not overly wordy.
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