One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate by Tom Segev
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3 MB
Overview: One Palestine, Complete explores the tumultuous period before the creation of the state of Israel. This was the time of the British Mandate, when Britain’s promise to both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land, set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day.
Drawing on untapped archival materials, Tom Segev reconstructs an era (1917 to 1948) of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces an array unforgettable characters, tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation, and puts forth a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, consistently favored the Zionist position, out of the mistaken–and anti-Semitic–belief that Jews turned the wheels of history. Rich in historical detail, sensitive to all perspectives, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the birth of one nation, and the tragedy of another.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation [Audiobook]
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation by Paula Fredriksen
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 190 MB
Overview: A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion
How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy – "The Kingdom of God is at hand!" – they were, in their own eyes, history’s last generation. But in history’s eyes, they became the first Christians.
In this electrifying social and intellectual history, Paula Fredriksen answers this question by reconstructing the life of the earliest Jerusalem community. As her account arcs from this group’s hopeful celebration of Passover with Jesus, through their bitter controversies that fragmented the movement’s midcentury missions, to the city’s fiery end in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, she brings this vibrant apostolic community to life. Fredriksen offers a vivid portrait both of this temple-centered messianic movement and of the bedrock convictions that animated and sustained it.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
The Jews of Barnow by Karl Emil Franzos
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 410 KB
Overview: An enchanting take a look at life within the Jewish ghetto within the 19th century, written by Jewish author and publicist Karl Emil Franzos.
Style: Non-Fiction > Normal