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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama Previous Broadcasts

The Beginning (Episode #101)

KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 2, 2018 -- 10:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED Plus: Sun, Mar 18, 2018 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Mar 13, 2018 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 -- 10:30 PM
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