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This book can be divided into four parts. There is a very good review of Jewish history much more concise and listenable than Max Dimont's Jews, God and History.
Second is the discussion of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, also worth listening to.
Thirdly there is a biblical judgment of Judaism and Islam from the Evangelical Christian, New Testament point of view. The repeated references to the "Lord" may put some readers off, but the intro does state that this book is from Christian perspective. Even though I'm not a Christian I found it useful to understand a different point of view.
Fourthly, there is good logical discussion of the Arab and Jewish claims to Palestine.
The narration is excellent and is unique for having included some music, and book is easy to listen to.
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I downloaded this book only last night and could not turn it off. I found it riveting in form and interesting in narrative. Although it will take weeks to process all the information given, I had to write to counteract those who criticized its objectivity. I am amazed anyone could think it subjective in nature - the authors take great care in presenting ALL sides with deep respect and empathy.
What they don't do is water down the atrocities done to the Jewish people throughout history from all sides as well as discuss mistakes on all sides of all people groups. So, unless you are a fan of Hitler, the politically corrupt leaders of the P.L.O., or proponents of Jihad, you will greatly appreciate this concise work on the Jewish nation and the history of Israel. It promotes an objective understanding in the plight of the Middle East today as well as grows a deep empathy for the history of the Jewish Nation. It embodies the very true fact of life, "ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Apostle Paul, letter to the Romans).
The authors do include a number of citations from the Old and New Testament as well as from the Koran, which I greatly appreciate since it would be impossible to understand anything politically without also having some sort of religious understanding as well. They accomplish this task quite efficiently, without degrading the three religions involved.
The last chapter is written primarily for those of the Christian faith, but I believe is beneficial to all, as they state, "Its only through mutual respect and forgiveness that healthy dialogue can thrive." Excellently stated and representative of the entire work.
If you're looking for a concise work to further your understanding of the Jewish people's history and where Israel stands today, I highly recommend this work! It's everything the publisher's summary promises and more.
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