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A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

By Paul Johnson

A countrywide bestseller, this very good 4000 12 months survey covers not just Jewish historical past yet he impression of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the international. by means of the writer of recent instances: the area From the Twenties to the Eighties.

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Table of contents:
The Arabic types of the Gospels: A Case learn of John 1. 1 and 1. 18
Bible et liturgie chez les Arabes chrétiens (VIe - IXe siècle)
Anti-Jewish Polemic and Early Islam
The Use of Biblical Quotations in Christian Apocalyptic Writings of the Umayyad interval
Beyond Prooftexting (2): using the Bible in a few Early Arabic Christian Apologies
The Re-written Bible in Arabic:
The Paradise tale and Its Exegesis within the Arabic Apocalypse of Peter
Biblical Exegesis and Interreligious Polemics within the Arabic Apocalypse of Peter
-The publication of the Rolls
The improvement of Testimony Collections in Early Christian Apologetics with Islam
The Bible and the Kalam
The Qur'anic Sarah as Prototype of Mary
Muslim Accusations of tahrif: Muqatil Ibn Sulayman's statement on Key Qur'anic Verses
Is There Room for Corruption within the `Books' of God?
Ammar al-Basri at the Alleged Corruption of the Gospels
The Use and Translation of Scripture within the Apologetic Writings of Abu Ra'ita al-Takriti
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In this maturing process, the Israelites were of course acting, in the long run, not just for themselves, but for the whole of humanity to come. The discovery of monotheism, and not just of monotheism but of a sole, omnipotent God actuated by ethical principles and seeking methodically to impose them on human beings, is one of the great turning-points in history, perhaps the greatest of all. How great can be seen by considering the Egyptian world-view which the Israelites rejected. The Egyptians were extraordinarily skilful in using their hands and they had impeccable visual taste, but their intellectual notions were archaic in the extreme.

The way it was related and set down convinced subsequent generations that this unique demonstration of God’s mightiness on their behalf was the most remarkable event in the whole history of nations. 70 The critical phrase is ‘at the sea of reeds’ or ‘at the sea’. 71 What we do know is that the frontier was heavily defended in places and policed throughout. The episode which saved the Israelites from pharaoh’s fury, and which they saw as divine redemption, was so stupendous as to become for them and their progeny the dynamic of their whole spiritual existence.

Their conceptual distinctions between life and death, between the human, animal and vegetable worlds, were fragile and insecure. Their beliefs had more in common with the cyclical and animistic religions of the orient and Africa than anything we are accustomed to call religion in the West. Heaven and earth were different in degree, not kind, and heaven was ruled through a king in whom the creator was incarnate and of whom pharaoh was the earthly manifestation. Society in both heaven and earth was stable and static and necessarily so, and any form of change was aberrant and evil.

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