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Wanderings: History of the Jews (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Oktober 1987


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  • Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fawcett; Auflage: Reissue (12. Oktober 1987)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0449215822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449215821
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3,1 x 17,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 293.396 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A fascinating history of the Jews, told by a master novelist, here is Chaim Potok's fascinating, moving four thousand-year history. Recreating great historical events, exporing Jewish life in its infinite variety and in many eras and places, here is a unique work by a singular Jewish voice.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 19. Februar 1999
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Potok's history of the Jews is flat-out the best-written history of any people I've ever read. Some of it sprawling and vast, other parts poetically sparse -- the 100 word passage on the Holocaust is one of the most heartrending in the English language -- the work is a sweeping review of history.
Potok assumes truth in the scriptures, then goes to set the scene with copious bits of history. Even for those who reject Biblical stories, the scene-setting history is wonderful, and Potok's means of working in the thread of Biblical history gives a marvelous idea of what the history looks like to one who does believe.
The only major problem is that the book is not properly footnoted, so it is difficult to follow up on Potok's sources if you want to go more deeply into any of the many subjects he brings up.
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This book is Potok's history of the Jews - specualtion based on archaelogy before recorded history and then on recorded history. It tells the story of the Jews and their wanderings and persecutions pretty thoroughly. While there might be some bias on Mr. Potok's part, there is no way to argue that these things did not happen. There are too many written records in the world. I was saddened to read of it and glad to know. I wish my parents had taught me these things. It gives one an enlightened understanding of the Jews.
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Von Ein Kunde am 11. Oktober 1997
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Chaim Potok, as an excellent story teller, provides a detailed history of judism from Adam to Present, written in a flowing, story-teller fashion. The easiest way I know to get an interesting history of the Jewish people. An Excellent Book
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Potok is a graceful writer who knows and loves his subject. This is a good book. The final chapter is something the reader will not soon forget.
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excellent 19. Februar 1999
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Potok's history of the Jews is flat-out the best-written history of any people I've ever read. Some of it sprawling and vast, other parts poetically sparse -- the 100 word passage on the Holocaust is one of the most heartrending in the English language -- the work is a sweeping review of history.
Potok assumes truth in the scriptures, then goes to set the scene with copious bits of history. Even for those who reject Biblical stories, the scene-setting history is wonderful, and Potok's means of working in the thread of Biblical history gives a marvelous idea of what the history looks like to one who does believe.
The only major problem is that the book is not properly footnoted, so it is difficult to follow up on Potok's sources if you want to go more deeply into any of the many subjects he brings up.
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5-millenum history by a great story-teller 31. März 2001
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This story reads like a novel despite many names, places, and years. The narrative worked best for me when he intersperses his own experiences, such as meeting his father-in-law, who fled Russia as a 16-year old boy. I would have benefited from more descriptions of how the Jews developed history into ritual, such as Channnuka and discussion of changing beliefs (e.g., the current Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches) (Rabbi Dosick's Living Judaism does this well).
This book presents common elements such as the contribution and personalizing of whatever community they are in, e.g., the development of Yiddish in Eastern Europe. There is often a strong intellectual development and reawakening, such as the "Sandhedrin", after the fall of Jerusalem. It is remarkable they have kept their identify despite wide spread dispersal and torture. The irrational hatred for the Jews is troubling both in its intensity as in the Crusades, but also among "learned people" such as Voltaire and Martin Luther.
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A perfect and flawed history 4. April 2002
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Chaim Potok is more than just a writer--he's a scholar. From the ancient Sumerian villages just out of the Stone Age to upper class dwellings in 5th century BCE Babylon Potok has sucessfully combined scholarly research with the masterful prose of a storyteller. These ancient worlds come alive. Even more important than that, Potok has captured part of that elusive thing called the Jewish spirit--part survival, part identity, part learning. It's a feeling difficult to describe but Potok seems to have done this as few others could.
In addition, he seems to have done his research. Unfortunately he fails to use footnotes and his facts are difficult, impossible at times, to check. Potok is at heart a storyteller, and while this doesn't detract from the usefulness and power of this book, it certainly lessens its value as a research tool.
I have very few complaints with this book. They aren't minor, and to many they won't matter. For one thing; Zoroasterianism exerted a major influence not only on the Middle East, but Jewish and later Christian and Western thinking. Yet, Potok merely dismisses it as an "ancient fire-worshipping religion" and doesn't even mention its impact on Judaism. Second, his opinions seem forcefully felt as he tells of the disintegration of the Rabbinic Judaism, as he takes out his anger not only on anti-Semites and the Catholic Church as can be expected, but also on the Enlightenment, Hasidism, and to some extent Kabbalists. Third, the closing is rushed. The Holocaust and creation of Isreal are brushed past with wonderful passages but lack the intensive research found earlier.
Nevertheless, Chaim Potok will surely be remembered for his history if for nothing else. He has combined intelligent history with moving prose, creating an informative, inspiring narrative telling the history of a great people.
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An Epic Work 7. Dezember 2005
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Format: Taschenbuch
Potok's History of the Jews is a powerful work that inspires, intrigues and challenges. He writes with graceful prose, has excellent research (footnotes would have helped but would have bogged down his natural style), offers sharp opinions, but keeps to his central theme. Catholic/Christian readers might object to its brutal description of countless persecutions without sufficient inclusion of Christian devotion and charity. The sections on Jesus and Paul are mostly good, but more could have been written about the Christian Gospels, especially John. Still, this is a history of the Jews, not the Christians. I learned a lot from this book, especially about the time periods after the common era. The book also does an excellent job in summarizing the stories given in scripture. Some of these stories are Potok's opinions, but most are reasonable interpretations. This is an excellent read.
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Starts Good - Ends with a Flood of Disparate Details 4. Mai 2001
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Potoks begin the books by setting the stage for ancient Jewish history beginning with Abraham venturing out of the Sumerian city of Ur to come into the land of Canaan. I really appreciated the clarification of the various groups of people who lived in that area at the time including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Egyptians, and Canaanites and how they related to one another. The first three chapters are divided by geographical regions including Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Babylon. These chapters are good and also serve as a good explanation of the historical groundwork of the Torah. The next few chapters are from the classical period and deal with the Jewish relationship with the Greek and Roman cultures.

After that, things become very slow and at times while I was reading I felt as though I was stuck in a quagmire of names and places. It was like a whirlwind tour of all the places and people to have ever been known as being Jewish or in some manner related to the Jewish culture. After the Classical period was described, I would have liked more of a conceptual breakdown on Kabbalism, Hasidism, and Reform and Conservative Jewish movements. All of this was sort of threaded together into an amorphous mass of disparate facts.

To sum, the first half of the book was great and can serve as a good historical basis for understanding the Old Testament, the second half was just a confusion of details, names, and places.
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