DIASPORA by Werner Keller
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Diaspora is the story of the Jewish people from the end of Biblical times until the Nazi holocaust; of the lands they inhabited, the religious beliefs they preserved so fiercely, the great cultural contributions they made throughout the civilized (and, in some instances, not-so-civilized) world. Much of what Keller relates is familiar enough--the Roman conquest, the destruction of Jerusalem, the medieval persecutions, the Lutheran assault. Even more of it, however, is new to the general reader: the story of Jewish communities in China and India, of doctrinal conflicts and the appearance of false Messiahs within Judaism itself, the origins of the fatal anti-Semiticism of the twentieth century, etc. In summary, an interesting, informative and well written history of the Jews that will be welcomed by institutions as well as by individuals.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 1969
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World