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

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

by Thomas Cahill
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The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Cahill is one of those rare authors who takes a subject and, with study, insight, and masterful style, increases our understanding of not only that subject but also the world in which it lives. All of Cahill's books are 'must reads.' His input is priceless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cahill is an excellent writer and historian. He provides a history of the Bible, but places historical evidence above the 'Word of God', unlike many who have written about this book. It's about the Jews have been given credit for their enormous contribution to the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gifts of the Jews presents the transition of a disorganized group of humans becoming aware that there is an entity behind all that we see, and with which humankind is involved. Humankind is more than a gaggle of beings sacrificing animals, or even fellow humans to appease... something... a god... a spirit... "not sure what, but we know we better acknowledge whatever it is." The Jews gave humankind a beginning of an understanding of what truly may be behind all that we see around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the Halvidar and Naik rest.
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Beverly_Kurtin More than 1 year ago
One thing that bothers me is the world's use of the term "Old Testament" as though with the advent of Christianity, the entire Eternal Covenant God made with Abraham had been abrogated. Nonsense. The heavens and the earth have not yet passed away, therefor, the one and only Covenant is still very much in force. Cayhill skirts the issues by virtually ignoring it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and agree with Mr. Cahill's conclusions regarding how the philosophical foundations of Western society can be traced back to the influence of the Bible. It is blatantly obvious to the open minded individual that the Judeo-Christian ethic is the foundation for modern human rights and equality under the law among many other things. It is also very evident that the religion of the Jewish God is different than any other religion. However, Mr. Cahill would use the Bible as history and proof text on one hand then, with the other hand would undermine the authenticity of the Bible by deciding for himself which parts were historical and which parts were added later by other writers with their own agendas. I felt that with every stroke of the axe laid to the historical foundations of the Bible he chipped further away at the premise of his own conclusions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains in a very entertaining way why one-half of the people in the world are now members of an Abrahamic faith. We all know that Christianity and Islam trace their inspirations back to Abraham, but Cahill tells us why faith in the all-powerful one God is such a revolutionary and compelling idea. If you are searching for a book to bring new meaning to the Old Testament, THE GIFTS OF THE JEWS is required reading.