Six Thousand Years of Bread: Its Holy and Unholy History

Six Thousand Years of Bread: Its Holy and Unholy History

In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H.E. Jacob takes us through 6,000 dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond.

Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle Ages?

How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat?

"Six Thousand Years of Bread" has the answers.Jacob follows the story from its beginning in ancient Egypt and continues through to modern times.

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But the way this book links economics, civics, population shifts, and the everyman's daily life had me wishing this book was used in my highschool history classes.

The book makes a good argument that grains and breads were the founding cornerstone of many of the worlds religions. Jacob makes a good case that the Egyptian and Abrahamic religions are obsessed with wheat, bread and yeast, both literally and metaphorically. Bread was the star player of the French Revolution, and later, a deciding factor in the Napoleonic wars, the American Civil War, and World War One. Jacobs points out that while Science becomes interested in how to improve bread from the Enlightenment onwards, emotions are still heavily tied to the commodity, as bread is used in the psychology of getting a population whipped up into a frenzy. He does not talk about the political or psychological or religious or whatever factors of the Halocaust he says that the bread was a mixture of potato flour, peas, and sawdust and that he is thankful he lived to be able to eat real bread again.

The first is that he claims that the Jews wanted Jesus dead because he contradicted Judaism. The second charge, one that has caused 2000 years of bloody persecution is that the Jews were responsible for Jesus' death. The Jews were very rebellious towards Roman rule, and Jesus was being called The King of the Jews. I know the Gospels claim that the Sanhedrin met to condemn Jesus to death on Passover. The Catholic Church itself proclaimed about half a century ago that the Jews were not responsible for Jesus' death. These facts don't lessen the main point of Jacobs' book: that religions through the ages have made bread the focus of their rituals, up to the practice of modern Christian communion.

trabalho apenas minado por circunstâncias bélicas (segunda guerra do mundo) e pela medíocridade dos tempos modernos - qualquer livro que caminhe com a história pela trela, torna-se quase insuportável à medida que se aproxima deste presente em que tu e eu existimos. verdade seja dita, o senhor Jacob tem um dom para transportar pessoas no tempo e enrolar as coisas em magia: o templo de deméter. egito antigo e pão, um símbolo de alimentos nativos modernos, tais como o bem-estar básico.

Not sure I trust his archaeology/anthropology--just a gut feeling.

It's interesting to learn how much religious significance has been given to bread in all religions, and i like how when he speaks of the religions he does so in a matter-of-fact way that does not denigrate any one religion, nor does it exalt one religion. A few gripes: - Sometimes the book is more about grain agriculture than it is about bread, and while the two are deeply related, I felt like something was missing.

The subtitle of this book is "Its Holy and Unholy History." And indeed, it turns out that bread plays a critical role in the story of many religions, not the least of which is Christianity.

Born to a Jewish family in Berlin and raised partly in Vienna, Jacob worked for two decades as a journalist and biographer before the rise to power of the Nazi Party.

  • English

  • Food and Drink

  • Rating: 3.85
  • Pages: 416
  • Publish Date: July 1st 1997 by The Lyons Press
  • Isbn10: 1558215751
  • Isbn13: 9781558215757