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10 thoughts on “A History of the Jews

  1. says:

    This review is dedicated to the Jewish Nation reborn as a sovereign people in the Land of IsraelIn this work Johnson undertakes a comprehensive study of the Jewish people from the route word Yehudi meaning people of Yehudah Judea popularly referred to today as the West Bank the ancient cradle of the Jewish peopleHe begins the book by referring to the town of Hebron where the founder of the Hebrew Nation is buried with his wife Sarah Johnson refers to the previous occupiers of Hebron such as the Canaanites Edomites Hellenes Romans Byzantines and Ottomans which have all disappeared from this land and compares this to the fact that the Jews are still there Indeed there is a flourishing Jewish community in HebronReading this the book was written in 1987 one is struck by the tragic irony and a sense of extreme injustice that so much of the world establishment is demonizing the Jewish community of Hebron 75% of which are women and children as well as all other Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria for the crime of living in their ancient homelandThis despite the fact that the Jews where living in the area over 2 400 years before the first Arabs arrivedJohnson presents conclusive and indisputable evidence from ancient documentation archaeology and other sciences that there has been a constant Jewish presence in the Land of Israel for 3 900 years Johnson is writing as a British Catholic historian with no brief for the Zionist cause but is fair minded unlike the Palestinianist Goebbels'ses such as Noam Chomsky Edward Said and Norman Finkelstein who subvert history to deny the Jews the write to live in the ancient homelandJohnson details the contributions of the Jews to the world and the Jewish people and the experiences of and persecutions of the Jews in 7 parts Against this backdrop we read of the experiences of those great Jews who have made incredible contributions to the world such as Moses King David King Solomon Elijah Amos Hosea Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel Daniel Rabbi Akiva Maimonides Judah haLevi Manasseh ben Israel Baal Shem Tov the Vilna Gaon the Rothschilds Disraeli Samson Raphael Hirsch Emma Lazarus Luzatto and Sir Moses Montefiore as well as the founders of the modern Zionist movement the ingathering of the Jews to their ancient homeland Rabbi Zevi Hirsch Kalischer Rabbi Judah Alkalai Moses Hess Leon Pinsker Theodore Herzl Chaim Weizmann Vladimir Jabotinsky David Ben Gurion and Menachem BeginWe also learn of the damage done to Jews and the world by the charlatans and anti Jewish Jews like Pablo of Burgos Shabattai Zevi Karl Marx Leon Trotsky Rosa Luxembourg and Isaac Babel He points out how Jewish CommunistsAlways renounced their Judaism which indeed shows how ridiculous it is for some anti Semites of the right to blame the Jewish people as whole for Communist destruction and terrorKarl Marx was one of the greatest self hating Jews in history whose works are filled with the most vicious and blatant anti SemitismIt is not therefore surprising that he spawned one of the cruellest most destructive and murderous ideologies everCommunism has been responsible for over 100 million deaths and the destruction of countless livesToday the Marxist world has adopted thevilification and planned destruction of Israel as their primary cause to add to their long list of cruelties With G D's help we will not let them succeedEspecially on university campuses around the world the disciples of Marx many of them 'Jewish' are engaging in this cruel campaign against IsraelJohnson details the persecution of the Jews in Europe and also talks of their brutal persecution by Moslems in the Middle East and we see that the idea that the Arabists have inculcated in the minds of many that Jews where well treated under Moslem rule is a grotesue untruthUnfortunately European historians on Jewish history both Jew and Gentile have tended to paint the story of the Jews in Arab countries as an idyllic existence while in fact they lived under conditions of extreme ineuality and persecution often being subjected to massive and vicious pogroms by their Arab neighbours and overlords sometimes greater and genocidal than the pogroms of Europe with the obvious exception of Hitler's holocaustThe book does however have some flaws Unfortunately in the chapter about how the Jewish self determination was crushed after the destruction by the Romans of the Temple and Jerusalem he does not recount how the Roman Emperor Hadrian named Israel 'Palestine' in order to cut us off from our land and heritageNow those cruel ones who again wish to cut us off from our land and heritage once again refer to Israel as 'Palestine'The spirit of the Roman Empire lives on in the UN university campuses and leftist academics around the world the Arabs China the EU and Third World governments etc all of whom wish to obliterate the name of Israel and so refer to Eretz Yisrael as the hideous abomination 'Palestine'In the name of 'Palestine' Jewish men women and children are being murdered as so many times before in historyWhile the term 'Palestinian' and 'Palestine' has only been used exclusively to refer to the Arabs who claim ownership of the Land of Israel after 1967 it is unfortunate that the name had been used by historians so often as the name 'Palestine' is a colonial creation and to use it to refer to Israel prior to the naming of this land as 'Palestine' is simply superfluous it should never be recognized as a legitimate name for Israel and Judea at any time


  2. says:

    I'm not really reviewing this book I'm explaining why I abandoned it pretty early on This book is not for me and personally I feel it shouldn't be for anyone but you can draw your own conclusions I abandoned this book when it became excruciatingly obvious that Johnson was cherry picking historical arguments to find archaeological and historiographical support for Biblical events and reducing than a century of criticisms of this approach to Biblical archaeology to straw man caricatures I honestly did not know there are still historians working today who regard the Flood Tablet of the Gilgamesh epic as evidence for a historical flood Johnson raises and then ignores the compelling archaeological counter evidence that major floods in Mesopotamia occurred at different times in different places But he does not consider the eually important comparative counter evidence that the motif of a civilization ending flood sent by the gods to purge a bungled humanity is a wide spread motif found not just among the Sumerians Akkadians and Jews but the Mayans If he had at least suggested that he was aware of problems such as this instead of relentlessly ignoring them I would have no objection but as it is his fundamental posture shows itself through this and many examples to be studiously anti empirical and theoretically anachronistic His analysis of Mesopotamian precursors to Moses show similar staggering weaknesses of omission I abandoned the book when he considered the historical evidence for Abraham having actually come from Ur without pausing to even consider the uestion of whether or not there was in fact such a historical personage No one who is not already powerfully sympathetic to the historicity of Biblical events or unaware of the last century of scholarship in this arena could find this book persuasive We would not entertain an astronomy book that spoke from a geocentric paradigm; neither should we accept an engagement of Biblical archaeology that ignores what we know of folklore depth psychology comparative religions anthropology and archaeology except insofar as they lend support to its conclusions


  3. says:

    This history of the Jews is written through the ideas of a devout Christian who believes i think wrongly that Jesus intended to abandon Judaism in order to start a new religion Yet Johnson's own account of Jesus' ministry confirms that Jesus a student and follower of Hillel had as His mission the aim of getting Jews to practice what they preached Before enlarging upon this perhaps controversial claim we should consider Johnson's reasons for writing the 4000 year recorded history of the Jews First there's that fact it is a 4000 year history the longest continuous history of any people a history known not only through the Bible but through ancient writings of people the Jews came in contact with We know about the Jews from cuniform tablets papyruses steles' sculptures comparative mythologies and fragments of ancient history as well as from archaeological investigationHowever it's not their longevity alone that fascinates Johnson It's that from Abraham's first entry on the historical scene up to modern times Jews had a vision of man's purpose of the dignity of the individual and the euality of all before God In his epilogue Johnson asks what the world would have been without the insistence of Jews on these values He admits someone else might have come along and preached these ideas but they didn't and the Jews did Jesus died at the hands of the Romans for such preaching That Jesus expected Jews to believe as He did is shown by his calling some Pharisees hypocrites A hypocrite is one who supposedly ascribes to what you believe but doesn't practice it Johnson admits that Jesus was a student of the Pharisee Hillel Indeed having been raised on Hillel's teachings while reading the Gospels I was surprised that Jesus uoted that sage so oftenJohnson does tell the famous story of Hillel and the pagan When the pagan asked Hillel to explain Judaism while he stood on one leg Hillel saidDo not do unto others whatyou wouldn't have them do unto you All else is commentaryJohnson derides Hillel's answer because Johnson says to be Jewish you still had to follow the Law by which he means the Kosher laws Sabbath rules and male circumcision What Johnson fails to understand is that the laws don't have to be followed for salvation They are followed as reminders to be pure and good and never to forget your duty to God and man Following the letter of the law and not being a good and charitable person doesn't make you a good Jew Not only was that Hillel's point but it is both explicit and implicit in Leviticus Or does Johnson reject the advanced morality of that book a morality which underlies current charity labor law injury law and ethical dealing? Leviticus is part of Jewish law Does Johnson believe Jesus intended that to be ababdoned?Johnson says Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Passover with the intent of starting a new religion Yes he created havoc with the hated money changers But He was not alone in despising the Jewish priesthood the SadduceesThe Jews already hated them and of course they were done away with by Rabbinical JudaismJesus' anger was very Jewish at the time No most people then or now wouldnt create an overt disturbance but Jesus was not alone among his contemporarieeJesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey carrying a palm frond like all devout Jews making the Passover pilgrimage That evening like all Jewish leaders at the Seder he blessed the wine using a Kiddush cup what Christians call a chalice He then followed the order of the Seder by blessing the Matzoh unleavened bread All this is ordinary JudaismJohnson claims that Jesus was establishing communion so that the wine stood for his blood and the bread for his body Well first of all Jews don't eat blood Kosher Jews salt their meat to rid it of blood The Kiddush and Motzi are regular features of Jewish holy days and have nothing to do with communion However the Greek festival of Demeter well known to Romans and other pagans aswell as Grecophiles did feature participants drinking wine and eating bread so they could have eternal life This seems to be a likely origin of Communion than Jesus' leading the Seder The Gospels were written 100 years and after Jesus and they were written in Greek The reason I gave this only 3 stars is that despite the excellence and impartiality of most of this history Johnson's proselytizing at the end is inappropriate for the history he purported to be writing Also with his knowledge of classics he should have noted the Greek origins of Communion Moreover the history ofthe Jews didn't end with Jesus as Johnson shows so why did he interjectChristian proselytizing in his history of Jews?


  4. says:

    This book was written by one of the most prominent historians of the 20st Century and as a best seller in the late 80s has certainly been read by a large number of non Jews But this book should be read by every Jew who lacks a full appreciation for what Judaism has contributed to modern civilization And the vast majority of Jews fit that descriptionIt isn't so much what Johnson will teach you – it's how he says it how he transmits the essence To wit here is part of his description of MosesHe was a man of intense spirituality hating injustice fervently seeking to create a Utopia a man who not only acted as intermediary between G d and man but sought to translate the most intense idealism into practical statesmanship and noble concepts into details of everyday lifeJohnson credits the Jews with assuming responsibility to take the lead in turning a savage and irrational world into a reasonable one conforming to the divine and perfect intellect Johnson traces Jews' connection to progressive politics to the Bible and to the Prophetic tradition referring to it at one point as the Amos Syndrome I was particularly struck by the intellectual vigor that Johnson brings to the interpretation of Jewish history For instance he places Einstein in the Jewish tradition of trying to make sense of the universe while he laments that the general theory of relativity has been misappropriated and mischaracterized by adherents of moral relativismJewish passivity during Holocaust which is a generalization rife with exceptions is insightfully explained by Johnson It's also worth noting that Johnson a Catholic comes down suarely on the side of those who believe Pope Pius XII was shamefully negligent during the genocideThe book concludes with an emphatic reminder of the Jews’ monumental contributions to modern civilization Johnson writes“To them we owe the idea of euality before the law both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person; of the individual conscience and so of personal redemption; of the collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind”And precisely because they are part of the “basic moral furniture of the human mind” Jews seldom get credit for these ideas Perhaps Jews would better appreciate their inheritance if they read this book Coming from the likes of Paul Johnson such praise cannot be dismissed as self congratulatory ethnocentrism even if my review can be dismissed as such


  5. says:

    This is an excellent book and for anyone interested in learning about the Jews this is an excellent book Paul Johnson has covered the saga of the Jews in an admirable way Having said that it is a heavy read and may reuire one or two re readings after a space of time to fully understand the book This I write from the perspective of an Asian who has read about the persecution of the Jews but who's knowledge is sketchyThe manner in which I approached the book also made it a bit confusing at first with references to Biblical characters as I had not realized that the Old Testament is historical than I had realized It is also the history of a people and not the history of a nation it is not the history of Jerusalem and Israel as I soon realized Having said this the one gripe that I do have about the book is that he could have divided the chapters into sections which would have made it easier to understand the flow of the story from continent to continent The approach is balanced and this is something that I like It would have been easy to adopt a somewhat biased and hysterical stance especially considering what the Jews have endured That he wrote the book in a balanced and somewhat detached manner is remarkableIt is also sad to understand how in the name of God we persecute people and initiate pogroms against them due to our own ignorance and blind faith In that sense it is as much of a history of human bigotry and cruelty I read the book and came out at the end with considerable admiration for the Jews as a people This is a book that I highly recommend


  6. says:

    This was very well done The author seemed to mainain his objectivity although that is always up for debate I guess I found the ancient history and the modern history eually enjoyable perhaps because I have some basic knowledge in these areas but the middle history 1000 1800 was pretty much all new to me and helps complete the picture I remember a plant from my childhood that we called a Wandering Jew and I finally understand the meaning of this phrase if not why it is applied to that particular plant This is definitely a history worth re reading after a few months of thought


  7. says:

    Why did I read this book? Not sure I suppose I wanted to know about Jewish history which is probably the best reason for reading a Jewish history book How do you talk about an entire religion and culture within the single volume of a book? You don't Instead you do your best to provide thoughtful summaries that serve as bookmarks for the reader remind the reader to go back and find out about the subject that appeals to him or her Paul Johnson is a famous British historian who turned Tory towards the end of his life but the work he produces is a great achievement and arguably manages to achieve a certain degree of objectivity Johnson cannot help expose his Britishness from time to time and his work is largely Euro centric It is accurately a history of the Jews and on the Jewish influence on the West Subjects I was interested in hoped Johnson had covered and am still learning about Hillel the Elder Judaism in the Middle Ages especially Venice Maimoides the history of Israel and the Palestine from 1948 to the present the history of Reform Judaism Having read Joyce's Ulysses I'd love to learn how Leopold Bloom came to Ireland so to speak Also while I am not particularly drawn to esotericism certain kabbalist elements especially golems fascinate me Oh and linguistics the revival of the Hebrew language is fascinating When you compare the success of Hebrew's revival with that of other dead or dying languages such as Gaelic Hebrew's revival is nothing short of amazing Criticisms he doesn't spend that much time on McCarthyism or the various other anti Jewish witch hunts of the mid 20th century The worst American Jews suffered according to Johnson is that wealthy Jews were excluded from fancy clubs and certain Ivy League schools Yes it is true there were no pograms in the US per se but to say that American Jews did not experience additional forms of persecution beyond non admittance to high society a little misleading I think this is one area where his Toryism comes to play So there is that Towards the end of the book Johnson addresses some of the origins of the Palestinian conflict I thought it was interesting and rather enlightening that leaders of high position in Arab nations still subscribe to the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion This helps explain the level of misinformation that we are dealing with during various peace negotiations The book ends in the 80s We don't learn much about the post Soviet Jewish immigrant influence on present day Israel For that you need a contemporary book of Israeli history


  8. says:

    Very interesting and rather complete and sometimes complex review of the Jewish history I would have given it five stars except for the reader which I found very hard to understand at times Obviously I did not read this book but listened to it on audio


  9. says:

    Paul Johnson ah this man is a treasure The only thing I can think of that comes close to being as good as reading a book by Paul Johnson is reading a book by David McCullough and I read David McCullough mainly to console myself after having finished another book by Paul Johnson Johnson brings a relentlessly moral worldview to his various surveys of history and he has just enough difference in temperament and worldview from me to keep me reading critically I have come to look forward to the slightly stressful but invigorating feeling of synapses being burned anew through my grey matter that comes over me when reading a Paul Johnson historyThis book was no exception I read it last summer on vacation and it was the best part of the vacation which was a pleasant vacation mainly for the constant food for conversation which it gave me I don't know if those who vacationed with me will share my enthusiasm for this book but I very much enjoyed communicating my intellectual euphoria to them while I read itBecoming deeply informed of the history of the Jewish people cannot but be an unpleasant experience for any reader of a serious Christian persuasion Paul Johnson himself is a Catholic but he as usual uses no whitewash when it comes to appraising the failures of his historical co religionists Johnson is fair but unrelenting What brought warmth to the book was his obvious admiration for the Jewish people which I shareReading this book was in many ways like reading a secret history of the human race Perhaps that's an unfortunate allusion since the Jews have been the victims of malicious conspiracy theories than any other group in human history But still the notion persists this was an inspiring and hopeful book because the secrets it told were GOOD secrets secrets of unnoticed genius unthanked charity unremarked heroism It drove me to ponder my own fascination with the Jewish people and I think for me it ties into my ongoing search for the face of God If these are the Lord's chosen people then is it too much to believe that these are the people who best reflect the ualities He personally enjoys? The dazzling intellect the cleverness the playfulness and above all the gut wrenching persistence and courage of so many of the Jewish people seems to trace a faint shadow of His personality on history Have you never associated these characteristics with Jews? Then you don't know many Jews either personally or in history Which means you really really need to read this book


  10. says:

    Now I have a confession to make before I begin my review I did not finish this book I could not finish this book My rabbi asked me to go through the books they recommend as resources and see what I thought of them I think the publisher should be sued for false advertising They described this book as a history It is not a history It's a mix of Christian biblical literalism and thinly veiled Christian supersessionism Very thinly veiled At one point he says apparently with no self awareness historians are rarely as objective as they wish to appearHe refers to the Hebrew Bible as the Old Testament which was a warning sign in and of itself He goes on at length about how Jews were actually completely wrong in our interpretation of Isaiah; according to him the messiah would be exactly how Christians think Jesus is Again thinly veiled Christian supersessionism He generally derides the indigenous polytheistic religions of the Middle East as superstitious and primitive but says that their practice of having statues and other images of their gods which the Israelites considered idolatry was in fact totally okay because of course Christians do itLater on he stops dancing along the border of supersessionism and charges right across straight into the land of Messianic wet dreams when he says that Jesus took Hillel's to its logical conclusion At that point I thought it couldn't get any worseThen I got to the section on Jesus's supposed arrest and trial which he describes in exactly the way antisemitic Christians have been describing it since they decided demonizing Jews was the best way to suck up to the Romans At that I basically went Fuck it I can't take this any longer I don't know Maybe it got better It could hardly of gotten worseOh and FYI he refers to Black people as ngroes decades after that stopped being acceptableFor a detailed review check out my Jewish book blog


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