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The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Cahill increases our understanding

This book is chockfull of original thinking and presents in a clear, concise way the contributions of the early Jewish people to civilization. Cahill shows how the Jews moved us from a cyclical to a processive worldview. They gave us the concept that time has a start an...
This book is chockfull of original thinking and presents in a clear, concise way the contributions of the early Jewish people to civilization. Cahill shows how the Jews moved us from a cyclical to a processive worldview. They gave us the concept that time has a start and an end, and replaced the world seen as a wheel by a world as a journey. Life came to have value and people developed a conscience. All of this and the Ten Commandments too. This book is a must read and buy.

posted by Anonymous on October 30, 2000

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Judaism Stands Alone

Artifacts and documents have surfaced recently that give testimony on how both Christianity and Islam both plagerized Judaism and still try to link themselves to the G-d of Israel while being anti-Semitic. This author has not taken into account all the miracles and titl...
Artifacts and documents have surfaced recently that give testimony on how both Christianity and Islam both plagerized Judaism and still try to link themselves to the G-d of Israel while being anti-Semitic. This author has not taken into account all the miracles and titles used in the New Testament were originally from Mithra, Egyptian paganism, Buddhism and even Hinduism. Also, he neglects to mention how Hellenistic both Christianity and Islam became and changed their commitment to the Noah Covenent into a new religion that far from resembles what the Almighty instructed the Jews to be and do, even today. This author missed the mark on how Romanized the New Testament is which includes our own US gov't policies and court system, a far cry from the Supreme Court (Sanhedrin) of the nation of Israel under King David and King Solomon. Actually, Native American religions can relate closer to Judaism than any other, especially the original Cherokee beliefs & customs.

posted by Anonymous on April 29, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Judaism Stands Alone

    Artifacts and documents have surfaced recently that give testimony on how both Christianity and Islam both plagerized Judaism and still try to link themselves to the G-d of Israel while being anti-Semitic. This author has not taken into account all the miracles and titles used in the New Testament were originally from Mithra, Egyptian paganism, Buddhism and even Hinduism. Also, he neglects to mention how Hellenistic both Christianity and Islam became and changed their commitment to the Noah Covenent into a new religion that far from resembles what the Almighty instructed the Jews to be and do, even today. This author missed the mark on how Romanized the New Testament is which includes our own US gov't policies and court system, a far cry from the Supreme Court (Sanhedrin) of the nation of Israel under King David and King Solomon. Actually, Native American religions can relate closer to Judaism than any other, especially the original Cherokee beliefs & customs.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Not for the novice reader

    This was not a good book to read from my standpoint concerning the history of the Jews. The narration was just too much to keep a train of thought. I could not grasp the subject matter without being confused with the amount of detail which for me was overwhelming for a person like myself that wanted to know the history but with a little less detail that really didn't help you understand what the gift of the Jews was really about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    yuck

    He did not read the same Old Testament that I am reading. I will not continue to read this filthy and world-loving book.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Low intellectual and moral level

    This book includes the only description of adult-child sex to which I have ever been subjected; if I had known, I wouldn't have gone through it! So you should be warned. In addition, what the author calls 'the gifts of the Jews' are actually some of the gifts of Christianity: if it had not been for Christianity, no one among the non-'chosen' would have accepted Jewish ethics. It was God's universal Dispensation that made ideas He first revealed to the ancient Hebrews prevalent in the West (and elsewhere), not some special insight of dreamy Jews. The author reads the Old Testament in a very 'Jewish' way, which is to say that he ignores the fact that the Old Testament's main function is to foreshadow the New, to show how God's Dispensation was worked out in history. If one believed Cahill, he would think the Old Testament was just a collection of quaint stories about an obscure Middle Eastern people. Amazing. (Perhaps political correctness prevents him from saying this, despite the fact that it has been the basic belief of Christianity since A.D. 33.)

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    Posted June 28, 2011

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