The Chosen Few.

Zodiac Wheel Mosaic in the great synagogue of ...

Zodiac Wheel Mosaic in the great synagogue of Tzippori, 5th century CE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What does “The Chosen Few” conjure up for you?  In this case, it’s a book title.  The full title is The Chosen Few How Education Shaped Jewish History 70-1492.

The authors Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein are Economists.  Their premise is; starting about 200 A.D. universal male literacy became a must.  Most people in the world were still farmers.  Farming didn’t require literacy then.  In Roman Palestine, the Jews who went to school, were open not just to Talmud study, but all sorts of professions.

Jewish population dropped the authors think, for economic reasons.  The Jews, who didn’t get an education converted to other religions and joined other communities.

The book can be a bit dense for the layman in places, the economists will be happy with the graphs.

There’s supposed to be a sequel taking Judaism to modern times.  Take a chance on it, an interesting look from a different perspective.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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