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Jewish history

Looking for a good book on Jewish history?

Jews are the People of the Book, and part of this book has always been a historical consciousness that dwarfed other peoples'. It's an interesting question: does our rich tradition of historiography (writing history, that is) give us our historical awareness, or does the fact that we have one ear attuned to the call of Jewish history predispose us to recording history more than other peoples did?

Or maybe it's just that during the long period of Exile, when Jews have  had to keep on the run from place to place, the one thing we have had to sustain us has been an awareness that there is more to human existence than the moment. And in this awareness, precisely because of it, we have recorded our history.

If you love Jewish history, where do you start? As far as we know, Jews have been in every country of the world (and of course many times they moved from one country to another without leaving their houses). And with 4,000 years of Jewish history and counting, Jews have lived through period after historical period. Internal Jewish history, if you will, is in itself rich and detailed. So, too, is the history - the histories, really - of Jewish interactions with other societies in all the various places and times they have lived.

Books on Jewish history

Thousands of years of Jewish history - and lots of books, scholarly and popular, for you to delve into. We've put a representative few below (from various times and places) to whet your appetite. There are many more, and if you finish these, or want to see more, you can click here to search Amazon for more books on Jewish history.

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The Course of Modern Jewish History

The Jew in the Medieval World: A Source Book, 315-1791

jewish history

Blood Brothers

jewish history

Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism

jewish history

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

jewish history

Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There

jewish history

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

jewish history

The New Complete Works of Josephus

jewish history

The Jews of Khazaria

jewish history

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

jewish history

Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History

jewish history

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict

jewish history

From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

jewish history

The Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward

jewish history

Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999

jewish history

Bashert: A Granddaughter's Holocaust Quest

jewish history

Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel (In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel)

jewish history

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

jewish history

The Jews in America

jewish history

A History of the Jews

jewish history

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

jewish history

Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews -- A History

jewish history

Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

jewish history

A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair

jewish history

Holocaust: A History

jewish history

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

jewish history

The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

jewish history

As a Driven Leaf

jewish history

A Jew in America: My Life and a People's Struggle for Identity

jewish history

Jew Vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry

jewish history

Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

jewish history

The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History

jewish history

Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages, V. 7)

jewish history

Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple

jewish history

The Works of Philo

jewish history

The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and World War II

jewish history

Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

jewish history

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

jewish history

The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict

jewish history

Jewish Mystical Leaders and Leadership in the 13th Century

jewish history

Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis and Their Work

jewish history

History in Their Hands: A Book of Jewish Autographs

jewish history

The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History

jewish history

Don Isaac Abravanel: Statesman & Philosopher

jewish history

The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth-Century Spain

jewish history

Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval France

jewish history

Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab Worlds As Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza, Economic Foundations

jewish history

Imperialism and Jewish Society: 200 B.C.E. to 640 C.E.

jewish history

Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages

jewish history

A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time

jewish history

'Our Crowd': The Great Jewish Families of New York (Modern Jewish History)

jewish history

Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th to 20th Centuries

jewish history

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

jewish history

The Two O'Clock War: The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift That Saved Israel

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Fustat on the Nile: The Jewish Elite in Medieval Egypt


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