Includes historic art depicting some of the prophets. Explains the Jewish and Christian traditions of prophets and prophecy. ´´[A]nd I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.´´ (Deuteronomy 18:18) A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ Legends of the Bible series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of the Bible´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The belief in prophets is as old as religion itself. Throughout several millennia, cultures across the world have attributed special significance (and sometimes great power) to those who they believe speak to their gods, from the Ancient Greeks to followers of Zoroastrianism. The tradition of prophets is especially prevalent in Judaism and Christianity, with prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah being among the most famous historical figures in the Bible. The Talmud labels nearly 50 people as prophets; the New Testament offers up many more, like the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist,;and other ancient texts claim there were thousands. In addition to interpreting and sharing the word of God with the people, ancient prophets also serve a variety of different roles in the Bible. God had prophets like Ezekiel and Jeremiah perform symbolic acts that foretold future events, particularly hardships that the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Babylonians and Egyptians. The abilities of the prophets to predict future events have become the primary ways in which contemporary society remembers them, which has ensured that the term prophet (which meant ´´spokesman´´ in Hebrew) is now part of the lexicon and means something far different from the ancient definition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Rhodes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037702/bk_acx0_037702_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The founder of Ethiopia (or Abyssinia) and the founder of the Imperial dynasty are held to be Menelik I, son of Solomon, King of Israel, and of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba. According to legend, the brother Kings Ella Abrecha and Ella Asbeha, together with their mother, were converted to Christianity by the Coptic monk Frumentius of Alexandria in 330 AD. Their successor, King Kaleb, considerably expanded the kingdom to include parts of South Arabia. However, the state came under increasing pressure from the expanding Islamic world, gradually being pushed back into the interior of Ethiopia. The Solomonic dynasty lost power to the Zagwe dynasty of Lasta from 1117 until 1268. The former being confined to their traditional fiefs in Showa. According to legend, the Ethiopian Saint Takla Haymanot persuaded Emperor Nakuto Le-Ab to relinquish power in favour of Tasfa Iyasus, a descendant of the Solomonic dynasty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013518/bk_acx0_013518_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber spoke directly to the most profound human concerns in all his works, including his discussions of Hasidism, a mystical-religious movement founded in Eastern Europe by Israel ben Eliezer, called the Baal-Shem (the Master of God´s Name). Living in the first part of the 18th century in Podolia and Wolhynia, the Baal-Shem braved scorn and rejection from the rabbinical establishment and attracted followers from among the common people, the poor, and the mystically inclined. Here Buber offers a sensitive and intuitive account of Hasidism, followed by 20 stories about the life of the Baal-Shem. This book is the earliest and one of the most delightful of Buber´s seven volumes on Hasidism and can be listened to not only as a collection of myth but as a key to understanding the central theme of Buber´s philosophy on the I and Thou relationship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theodore Bikel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000881/bk_pnix_000881_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. - Henry Kissinger ´´The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.´´ - Henry Kissinger A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The latter half of the 20th century was privy to one of the greatest displays of ongoing international diplomacy seen in American history, but to say that Henry A. Kissinger´s career as an American diplomat was purely American would be short-sighted and simplistic. The diplomatic atmosphere, particularly in the 1970s, was far from the image of a public official manning an office in Washington, D.C., greeting foreign dignitaries, and traveling on occasion to sign foreign agreements. In the post-World War II environment, old allies became new enemies, and a series of crises appeared almost simultaneously around the world, involving virtually every nation in the world, on every continent. From Richard Nixon´s opening of relations with China to the ensuing conflict with Taiwan, as well as the potential benefits of détente with the Soviet Union, a fellow nuclear power, Secretary of State Kissinger had his hands full. In addition to that, he had to deal with the churning of leadership changes and military rule in South America, the seething tension between the newly-founded Israel and its surrounding Arab states. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rozanne Devine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039254/bk_acx0_039254_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In der Nacht erwacht er zum Leben, erwählt ein Kind und verschwindet mit seinem Opfer in der Dunkelheit. Der Papierjunge. Eigentlich glaubt niemand an die jüdische Sagengestalt - bis an einem eiskalten Wintertag in Stockholm eine Erzieherin vor den Augen von Schülern und Eltern erschossen wird. Als wenig später zwei Kinder verschwinden, fragen sich die Ermittler Fredrika Bergman und Alex Recht, ob der Junge aus der Legende etwas mit den Vorfällen zu tun haben könnte. Die Ermittlungen führen Fredrika nach Israel, wo sie mit einem grausamen Verbrechen aus der Vergangenheit konfrontiert wird... 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Uve Teschner. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhde/002582/bk_rhde_002582_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Die fünf Bücher Mose, auch der Pentateuch genannt, bilden gemeinsam als Tora den ersten Hauptteil der Bibel, der für Judentum und Christentum auf verschiedene Weise das grundlegende Offenbarungszeugnis Gottes ist. Er erzählt die Geschichte der Menschheit und des Volkes Israel von der Schöpfung der Welt bis zur Ansiedelung im ´´Gelobten Land´´ Kanaan (heute Israel/Palästina) als Heilsgeschichte Gottes. Er enthält viele Mythen, Legenden und Ätiologien aus der Zeit der ´´Erzväter´´, die zugleich historische Erinnerungen an die nomadische Herkunft und vorstaatliche Epoche dieses Volkes enthalten. Hauptinhalt ist ab dem zweiten Buch Mose die Befreiung der Hebräer aus der Sklaverei in Ägypten und die Offenbarung der Gebote am Sinai. Für den aufgeklärten Humanismus hat er vor allem kulturhistorischen Wert. (Quelle: Wikipedia) Textgrundlage dieses Hörbuches ist die revidierte Übersetzung Martin Luthers nach dem vom Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchenausschuss genehmigten Text von 1912. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Wolfgang Gerber, Burkhard Behnke. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/phon/000028/bk_phon_000028_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
Unter Judentum versteht man die Gesamtheit aus Geschichte und Kultur, Religion und Tradition, des sich selbst als Volk Israel bezeichnenden jüdischen Volkes. In dem ersten Teil des Hörbuches werden in einem anschaulichen Hörspiel Einblicke in das Judentum gegeben. Für den zweiten Teil wurden Sagen und Mythen, Legenden und Märchen, Parabeln und Gleichnisse, wie sie in den hebräischen und aramäischen Urkunden ihren Ausdruck gefunden haben, aufgenommen. Damit erhält der Hörer faszinierende Kenntnisse von der Vorstellungswelt des jüdischen Volkes. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Jan Koester, Waldemar Dannenhaus, Wolfgang Wendt. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/kohf/000068/bk_kohf_000068_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
´´A page turner... Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive...in her skillful hands the issues of the past echo our own deepest concerns: love and loss, drama and tragedy, chaos and brutality.” (Alice Hoffman, The Washington Post) A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March. With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times best-selling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature´s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David´s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him - from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience; to his wives, Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva; and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002664/bk_peng_002664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Edward Armstead has lived much of his life in the shadow of his famous media lord father. When his father dies, he leaves a will that makes it nearly impossible for Edward to keep the thign he wants most - The New York Record - his father´s flagship newspaper. Edward´s determination to exceed his father drives him to embark on two obssesive quiests - to make the New York Reporter the number one nerwspaper in the city - and the the world - and to make his father´s young mistress his own. In a swiftly paced and prescient story reaching out of Manhattan into the inner circles of power in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Israel, a growing wave of violence gives the publisher sensational headlines, exclusive to the Record, that turn Armstead into a media legend almost overnight. As Weston begins to believe his own hype, considering himself media´s ´Almighty´, a young, prize-winning investigative reporter on his staff, Victoria Weston, begins to suspect that someone is manipulating front-page news. As she follows her investigation through France and back to Manhattan, she begins to suspect the terrible truth. This novel brings Rupert Murdoch and the current string of media scandals immediately to mind. A sobering tale of power, corruption, and madness at the highest levels from a master craftsman of the written word. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004960/bk_acx0_004960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.