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The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama - review

21 September 2013

9:00 AM

21 September 2013

9:00 AM

The Story of the Jews, Volume I: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE-1492 CE Simon Schama

Bodley Head, pp.496, £25

The recorder of early Jewish history has two sources of evidence. One is the Bible. Its centrality was brought home to me by David Ben-Gurion when I went to see him in Jerusalem in 1957. He had a big Bible on his desk, and banged it repeatedly with his fist:

There, it’s all there, the past, present and future of the Jewish people.

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