The Jew through the Centuries

By Herbert L. Willett | Go to book overview

X THE JEW THROUGH THE CENTURIES

If the experiences of the Jewish people through the years of their national struggle with Rome and the destruction of their capital were those of martyrdom, hardly less tragic have been the succeeding centuries until recent times. The treatment they received at the hands of their imperial masters set the pattern of the hardships they endured through contacts with other races and in different areas. In all the years of their history they have been an unhappy and persecuted race. They have suffered as the result of their abilities as well as their peculiarities. If they had been less forceful, aggressive, clever and persistent -- less loyal to their law and their traditions -- they might have escaped the odium and the oppression which they have encountered.

Their dispersion into other lands than Palestine began long before the Roman war. They left the country for many reasons. It is a small land, and has few of the resources which supply the needs of an augmenting population. They emigrated to more promising regions, especially to Egypt and the further reaches of Africa. They were lured forth by the opportunities of trade in the new cities which were springing up in many parts of the empire. They enlisted as mercenary soldiers in foreign armies. They fled from invasion and from civil conflicts. The survival of the Jews as a people after the horrors of the Herodian and the Roman age

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • I- Palestine 23
  • II- Hebrew Origins 71
  • III- Hebrew Contacts, Accretions And Dispersions 87
  • IV- Decline and Fall of Judah: Close Of Hebrew History 104
  • V- The Rise of Judaism 132
  • VI- Priesthood and Genealogies 166
  • VII- The Growth of Judaism 189
  • VIII- Jew and Christian 224
  • IX- The End of the Jewish State 258
  • X- The Jew Through the Centuries 279
  • XI- The Rise of Zionism 314
  • XII- Jew and Arab in Palestine 344
  • XIII- The Jew Today and Tomorrow 382
  • Bibliography 407
  • Index 415
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