• History of the Jews

  • A Captivating Guide to Jewish History, Starting from the Ancient Israelites Through Roman Rule to World War 2
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Middle East
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)
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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Jews, then pay attention....

The Jewish people are one of the oldest living people groups on the planet. The Jews lived alongside the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, and Sumerians - all of whom have since disappeared from the pages of history. Yet the Jews still remain. Despite all of the odds, Jewish culture, language, laws, and religion have remained intact over the course of thousands of years. 

Even after being kicked out of their homeland and scattered all over the globe, the Jews were able to hold their customs close to their heart. While in exile, they developed special rules to live by through rabbinical works, such as the Talmud, which gave them a moral compass by which to live, no matter where they might end up. This was a great source of comfort for the Jewish people even while having to live in less than encouraging environments. Their traditions kept them strong.

In History of the Jews: A Captivating Guide to Jewish History, Starting from the Ancient Israelites through Roman Rule to World War 2, you will discover topics such as

  • The origin story of the Jewish people
  • How the Jews first established Israel
  • About the judges and kings who ruled Israel
  • The Babylonian captivity
  • Life under Roman rule
  • How Christianity emerged from Judaism
  • The Jewish emancipation
  • The Holocaust
  • The formation of Israel
  • And much, much more

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Comprehensive but perspective a bit skewed

This was a very comprehensive history overall and I learned several things from the telling. I do think the perspective of the story was too Christian oriented. This is acknowledged in the audiobook but it still comes across as the history of Jews and as interpreted through the lens of Christianity and Western thought. There is more than ample time spent on Jesus as referenced in all three of the major Abrahamic religions. This issue notwithstanding there were still adequate treatments of the different sects if Judaism and important figures in history.

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Biased Book

A Good book overall and short. I'm giving it 1 stars due to two glaring issues.

(1) The author himself is a zionist and approaches Palestine-Israel from a zionist perspective. He propagates the lie that Palestinians chose to leave rather than be exiled. His argument is, "Well, Israel said they left on their own while Palestinians say that they were ethnically cleansed, who's to say who was right." Yes, I'm sure over a million Palestinians just decided to leave their homes for no reason, Israel can't be lying.

The author also doesn't go into detail regarding the Jewish militias that terrorized the Palestinians or the fact that Israel is a modern-day apartheid state. No mention of any of this. Just zionist propaganda about the "Jewish homeland" while ignoring the millions of Palestinians who are still being ethnically cleansed.

(2) The author seems to have a strong bigotry against Muslims and Arabs. He portrays them much less favorably than he does any other group. When portraying Christianity, he discusses it from the perspective of Christians, but when discussing Islam, he adds his own opinion to it.

e.g. "Christians believe Jesus is the son of god." But for Muslims, he'll say something like, "Muslims took their religion from Judaism." Rather than taking about Islamic beliefs from an Islamic perspective.

Of course, as mentioned before, the author seems to be an avowed Zionists, and Zionism is usually coupled with racism.

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Very insightful

A lot of what is said in this book is stuff I leaned throughout studying Jewish history. This book did an amazing job at organizing all I leaned throughout the years in a matter of three hours.

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So informative.

A complete and well-balanced history that doesn't rely on religious explanations to tell its story.

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Good audio book.

This was a good audiobook but really short for a subject that spanned thousands of years. I did enjoy it just want more

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excellent book

I am impressed. The author covers so much information that I didn't know. The author notes that throughout history, the Jews have been discriminated against and treated as inferior second-class citizens, even if they were native-born citizens of a country. I liked learning about the Maccabean Revolt and the Holocaust. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of the suffering of the Jewish people throughout history and the importance of the survival of the nation of Israel.