The Gifts Of The Jews

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Cahill

Narrated By: Claire Bloom

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 1998

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes


The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.


  • Jennifer B

    I had to read this for a college class. I was struggling to get through it due to lack of time. A friend suggested getting this book in audio format. I loved the narrator's voice and I was able to finish the book in one day. It followed the book word for word. I recommend this to anyone.

  • Kerry Hormann

    Though the printed version of this book is rather good, this has been absurdly abridged, drastically changing the author's story. Enough parts have been randomly dropped to make this seem like a Cliff's study guide. The reader does a good job, but don't bother with this one... look for it in print.