The Story of the Jews is a History Documentary programme that first aired in 2013.

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The Story of the Jews (2013)

Simon Schama explores the history of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. This episode begins the tale 3,000 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. 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. episode 1.

Genre: History Documentary

Production Year: 2013

When is The Story of the Jews next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 April 3rd, 9:00pm and on BBC 4 April 6th, 2:30am. See more...