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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama Previous Broadcasts

The Beginning (Episode #101)

KQED 9: Thu, Feb 15, 2018 -- 8:00 PM

The story of the Jewish experience begins 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this "God of Words" that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way - war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following "in the footsteps" of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Mon, Feb 19, 2018 -- 12:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 -- 2:00 AM
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