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Johnson, Paul

  • "Certainly, the world without the Jews would have been a radically different place. Humanity might have eventually stumbled upon all the Jewish insights. But we cannot be sure. All the great conceptual discoveries of the human intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of human person; of the individual conscience and so a personal redemption; of collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice, and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind. Without Jews it might have been a much emptier place."

- Paul Johnson
(Christian historian, author of A History of the Jews and A History of Christianity)

  • No people has ever insisted more firmly than the Jews that history has a purpose and humanity a destiny.

  • When the historian visits Hebron today, he asks himself... Where are all those peoples which once held the place?  Where are the Canaanites?  Where are the Edomites? Where are the ancient Hellenes and the Romans, the Byzantines, the Franks, the Mameluks and the Ottomans?  They have vanished into time, irrevocably.  But the Jews are still in Hebron.