From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So, when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned. The reactor formed the heart of a huge nuclear plant situated twelve miles from Baghdad, 1,100 kilometers from Tel Aviv. By 1981, the reactor was on the verge of becoming ´´hot,´´ and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin knew he would have to confront its deadly potential. He turned to Israeli Air Force commander General David Ivry to secretly plan a daring surgical air strike on the reactor, a never-before contemplated mission that would prove to be one of the most remarkable military operations of all time. Written with the full and exclusive cooperation of the Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all of the eight mission pilots (including Ilan Ramon, who became Israel´s first astronaut and tragically perished in the shuttle Columbia disaster), Raid On the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel plotted the unthinkable: defying its U.S. and European allies to eliminate Iraq´s nuclear threat. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, journalist Rodger Claire re-creates a gripping tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who trained in America on the then-new, radically sophisticated F-16 fighter-bombers, then faced a nearly insurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel; he recounts Israeli intelligence´s incredible ´´black ops´´ to sabotage construction on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists; and he gives readers a pilot´s-eye view of the action on June 7, 1981, when the planes roared off a runway on the Sinai Peninsula for the first successful destruction of a nuclear reactor in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Grupper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000486/bk_sans_000486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of the world´s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time. In one astonishing, short period, the ninth century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity into the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Historians call this the Axial Age because of its central importance to humanity´s spiritual development. Now, Karen Armstrong traces the rise and development of this transformative moment in history, examining the brilliant contributions to these traditions made by such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, and Ezekiel. Armstrong makes clear that despite some differences of emphasis, there was remarkable consensus among these religions and philosophies: each insisted on the primacy of compassion over hatred and violence. She illuminates what this ´´family´´ resemblance reveals about the religious impulse and quest of humankind. And she goes beyond spiritual archaeology, delving into the ways in which these Axial Age beliefs can present an instructive and thought-provoking challenge to the ways we think about and practice religion today. The Great Transformation is a revelation of humankind´s early shared imperatives, yearnings, and inspired solutions, as salutary as it is fascinating. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000787/bk_rand_000787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of the world´s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time.In one astonishing, short period - the ninth century BCE - the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity into the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Historians call this the Axial Age because of its central importance to humanity´s spiritual development. Now, Karen Armstrong traces the rise and development of this transformative moment in history, examining the brilliant contributions to these traditions made by such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, and Ezekiel.Armstrong makes clear that despite some differences of emphasis, there was remarkable consensus among these religions and philosophies: each insisted on the primacy of compassion over hatred and violence. She illuminates what this ´´family´´ resemblance reveals about the religious impulse and quest of humankind. And she goes beyond spiritual archaeology, delving into the ways in which these Axial Age beliefs can present an instructive and thought-provoking challenge to the ways we think about and practice religion today.A revelation of humankind´s early shared imperatives, yearnings, and inspired solutions - as salutary as it is fascinating.Excerpt from The Great Transformation:´´In our global world, we can no longer afford a parochial or exclusive vision. We must learn to live and behave as though people in remote parts of the globe were as important as ourselves. The sages of the Axial Age did not create their compassionate et 1. Language: English. Narrator: Karen Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000688/bk_bkot_000688_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When discussing Israel and its long history of conflict, the emotions are so charged and, for many, the stakes are so high that even engaging in a simple conversation about the subject can be like running a marathon of endlessly heated ideas and never-ending historical perspectives. In telling this story, I am not interested in taking any side. I just want to tell the story of how one small nation and a small group of people have had the tenacity and courage to defy the odds and preserve an ancient culture that has become the epicenter of not just conflict but religion, philosophy and human society as a whole. Because Israel has contributed so much to all of us; what was once just an Israeli culture has grown to become what is, by and large, an inherited world culture. As the scriptures promised to Abraham, ´´I will make your descendants countless as the dust of the earth; if anyone could count the dust upon the ground, then he could count your descendants;´´ (Genesis 13:16) I believe that this scripture does hold true. Because the whole earth has indeed benefited and been greatly influenced from the powerful traditions and thought that have reverberated from Israel throughout history. Since the days of the Covenant that was made with Abraham in the desert, we have all become great inheritors of this tradition. With an inheritance that is as countless as the dust of the earth. Many great and wonderful things have come out of Israel and its people and the world would just not be the same without it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Cunningham Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036100/bk_acx0_036100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why Israel´s greatest weakness is its greatest strength, and what its supporters and enemies can learn from its success Israel´s critics in the West insist that no country founded on a single religion or culture can stay democratic and prosperous - but they´re wrong. In The Promise of Israel, Daniel Gordis points out that Israel has defied that conventional wisdom. It has provided its citizens infinitely greater liberty and prosperity than anyone expected, faring far better than any other young nation. Israel´s ´´magic´´ is a unique blend of democracy and tradition, of unabashed particularism coupled to intellectual and cultural openness. Given Israel´s success, it would make sense for many other countries, from Rwanda to Afghanistan and even Iran, to look at how they´ve done it. In fact, rather than seeking to destroy Israel, the Palestinians would serve their own best interests by trying to copy it. Takes many of the most compelling arguments against Israel and turns them completely on their heads, undoing liberals with a more liberal argument and the religious with a more devout argument Puts forth an idea that is as convincing as it is shocking - that Iran´s clerics and the Taliban should want to be more like Israel Written by Daniel Gordis, the author of the National Jewish Book Award winner, Saving Israel Daniel Gordis has been called ´´one of Israel´s most thoughtful observers´´ (Alan Dershowitz) and ´´a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving´´ (Cynthia Ozick) Certain to generate controversy and debate, The Promise of Israel is one of the most interesting and original books about Israel in years. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010227/bk_adbl_010227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to learn Hebrew the fast, fun, and easy way? And do you want to travel to Israel and get around like a pro? Then this is the audiobook for you. Learn Hebrew: A Complete Phrase Compilation for Traveling to Israel is designed for absolute beginner learners and travelers. You learn the must-know travel phrases, survival phrases, vocab, and cultural insights to make your trip to Israel a breeze. All were hand-picked by our team of Hebrew teachers and experts. You´ll be able to... Learn about Israeli culture, customs, and manners Master common greetings Make conversation with the locals with common phrases Shop and order food at restaurants Book hotels and take transportation Call for help, get assistance in English, and much more With this audiobook compilation, you get: Eighty-five audio lessons Series included: Hebrew Survival Phrases Series and Learn Hebrew: Discover Israeli Culture & Traditions A total of 10 hours A 430-page eBook so you can read along Three bonus conversation cheat sheets By the end of this audiobook, you will be able to perform everyday activities in Hebrew and speak basic Hebrew. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: HebrewPod101.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/inno/001213/bk_inno_001213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
This book will open the door to exciting new discoveries that you have never heard of and don´t know about the Jewish way of life. For anybody that has ever longed for and wished to tour the land of Israel, for all those who love the Jewish people and have been yearning to find out more about their religion and way of living, for every Christian who loves Jesus and would like to learn more about his Jewish roots, this unique book is packed with lots and lots of very special gems! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Ann Freshour. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059481/bk_acx0_059481_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is the nature of revelation in other world religions? And what can evangelicals learn from it?In this provocative and thoughtful book, Gerald McDermott explores the theological concept of revelation and how evangelicals have responded to world religions. He then makes a case for God´s having revealed himself outside of Israel and the church.He also explores four case studies of how Buddhist, Daoist, Confucian, and Islamic understandings have enriched his own concepts of scriptural concepts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Cochran Heath. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000300/bk_hove_000300_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.