Indispensable for Jews and non-Jews alike.
From that bit of verse in Deuteronomy that scholars identify as the oldest piece of the Bible and today lies a span of four thousand years in which the history of Israel has unfolded amid often painful and trying developments. Throughout its trajectory, we cannot forget what Jerusalem means: it is the soil that establishes the people’s relationship with God. If we don’t know the essential traits of Judaism or its historic stages, many aspects of its doctrines will be incomprehensible for us. This book is the most wide-reaching history of this people.