The oldest and most stable of Jewish communities was spared the ravages of holy warriors.
Mohammed reacted with anger when Jews refused to recognize him as the last of the prophets.
Early Christianity attracted those unwilling to take on all of Judaism's precepts.
At a time of cruel oppression, splinter sects spring up in belief that the apocalypse is at hand.
In a time of chaos, the sages do the unprecedented and write down the Oral Law.
The Romans sought to extinguish Jewish presence in Jerusalem by renaming Israel to Palestine.
Despite the disastrous results of the Great Revolt, the Jews revolt yet again.
Two thousand years of Jewish history at a glance.
On the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, the 9th of Av, the Temple burns to the ground.
The Jewish nation fights to save its spiritual center.
In a seemingly suicidal move, the Jews take on the mighty Romans.
In a time when many things were going wrong for the Jews, the sages Hillel and Shammai defined what was going right.
A madman who murdered his own family and many rabbis, Herod was also the greatest builder in Jewish history.
Jewish tradition maintains the Romans were descendants of Esau, the bloodthirsty brother of Jacob.
The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world's first religious war.
Terror reigned -- women were killed with babies tied around their necks.
To the Greeks, what was beautiful was holy; to the Jews, what was holy was beautiful. These views were bound to clash.
Extraordinary sages define the essence of Judaism for the Jews of Israel and the Diaspora.
The Holy Temple is rebuilt, but is not the same with the Ark of the Covenant missing.
A feast celebrating God's abandonment of Israel puts into motion Haman's plot to annihilate the Jews.
One rabbi asserts that the Exodus never happened. What role does archaeology play in verifying Biblical events?
The Babylonians think God has abandoned the Jews and celebrate. But they have a surprise coming.
The Kingdom of Judah lasts another of 134 years before it falls.
The Assyrians conquer northern Israel and vanquish the nation with exile.
The 10 northern tribes secede, splitting Israel in two.
King Solomon, the wisest of all men, built the Temple in Jerusalem and reigned over Israel's golden age.
King David established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago.
Still too young to fight in the army, David becomes Israel's champion when he slays Goliath.
King Saul was a great man who committed one terrible mistake, dooming his reign from the start.
Jewish guidance came from the "judges," who were both warriors and prophets.
This is no typical war of conquest.
Every major disaster in Jewish history is connected to the 9th of Av. It all began with the 12 spies.
Only a tiny portion of Jews participate in worshiping the golden calf. So why blame the whole nation?
The encounter between God and the Jews at Mount Sinai was a totally unique event in all of human history.
With the Ten Plagues, the laws of nature are turned upside down to free the Jews.
In an all-time irony, Moses the savior of the Jewish people is raised in the house of the enemy of the Jews.
To remedy the family animosity, Joseph sets the stage for a great test.
Joseph demonstrates a classic pattern: The Jew arrives impoverished, works hard, and rises to the top.
History repeats: The groove that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob carve will be for their descendants.
God gave Abraham the Land of Israel as a laboratory to create a model nation for the world.
Abraham gave rise to a nation of Hebrews -- people who live "on the other side."
By understanding the character of Abraham, the "proto-Jew", one can understand what Jews are all about.
An enormous amount of information in the Bible has been borne out by archeology, through indirect or circumstantial evidence.
Jewish history teaches not only to avoid past mistakes, but to understand where destiny is leading us.
The pivotal scene that you won't see in any movie sets the stage for the story of Chanukah.
Jewish thought heavily influenced the Founding Fathers and the fledgling United States.
The heavily Bible-influenced Puritans bring the Word to the New World.