By Paul Johnson
A countrywide bestseller, this very good 4000 12 months survey covers not just Jewish historical past yet he influence of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the global. by means of the writer of recent instances: the realm From the Twenties to the Eighties.
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82 Wherever else Moses got his ideas, whether religious or legal (and the two, of course, were inseparable in his mind), it was certainly not Egypt. Indeed the work of Moses can be seen as a total repudiation of everything that ancient Egypt stood for. As with Abraham’s migration 30 / A HISTORY OF THE JEWS from Ur and Haran to Canaan, we must not assume that the Israelite exodus from Egypt was dictated purely by economic motives. This was not just an escape from hardship. There are indeed hints in the Bible that the hardships were endurable; Moses’ horde often hankered for ‘the flesh-pots of Egypt’.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice in deed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. ’72 This overwhelming event was matched by the extraordinary man who made himself the leader of the Israelite revolt. Moses is the ISRAELITES / 27 fulcrum-figure in Jewish history, the hinge around which it all turns. If Abraham was the ancestor of the race, Moses was the essentially creative force, the moulder of the people; under him and through him, they became a distinctive people, with a future as a nation.
The ‘judges’ were not national rulers, holding power in succession. Normally they ran only one tribe each, and some may have been contemporaries. ’136 The Book of Judges, though undoubted history and full of fascinating information about Canaan in the Late Bronze Age, is flavoured with mythical material and fantasy and presented in a confused fashion, so that it is difficult to work out a consecutive history of the period. This may not matter very much, for what the Book of Judges does convey is much more important.
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson