This atlas contains some 100 maps as well as text that illustrates the history of the Jews from antiquity to the intifada . Probably one of its more unusual aspects is the inclusion in some instances of city plans. This is a useful reference work, particularly for those not familiar with Jewish history, but by now there are quite a few atlases on the subject. Most of the better specialized ones have been published in Hebrew and English by Carta Publishing House in Israel. However, a recent, more general work is the excellent Historical Atlas of the Jewish People ( LJ 12/92)--a distinguished predecessor and stiff competition to Cohn-Sherbok's work. The main drawback of this atlas is its spotty bibliography, which seems to have been chosen almost randomly. It would have been better not to include it.-- Jehuda Reinharz, Tauber Inst., Brandeis Univ., Waltham, Mass.
1. The Ancient Near East and the Israelites 2. The Rise of Monarchy and the Two Kingdoms 3. Captivity and Return 4. From Herod to Rebellion 5. Jewry in Palestine and Babylonia 6. Judaism under Islam in the Middle Ages 7. Jews in Medieval Christian Europe 8. Medieval Jewish Thought 9. Western European Jewry in the Early Modern Period 10. Eastern European Jewry in the Early Modern Period 11. Jews in Europe in the 18th and 19th century 12. The Development of Reform Judaism 13. Jewry in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries 14. The Holocaust 15. Israel