Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review of books by Goodman and Schama

BOOK REVIEW: A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman and Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 by Simon Schama – review. Goodman details the complex history of a dynamic religion while Schama’s immersive book resists bleakness, his varied protagonists blazing with vitality (Daniel Beer, The Guardian). Professor Goodman's book deals with Jewish history from antiquity to the present, while Professor Schama's book covers the last five hundred years or so. Both discuss a failed messianic figure in the sixteenth century, David Ha-Reuveni.

I noted the publication of Goodman's book here. Earlier reviews etc. of the first volume of Schama's two-volume work are noted here and links.

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