The last chapter that Prof. Rigberg was able to complete before his death was Chapter 6. The following “Conclusion” was intended to sum up these chapters and several more which he was unable to finish.

Some Jewish historians assume that Abraham lived in the first half of the second millennium B.C.E. (that is, between 2000 and 1500.) It seems reasonable to me to place him midway in this period, or approximately at 1750 B.C.E. For the purposes of our understanding, then, Jewish history extends from 1750 B.C.E. to the present day. Fully the first half of this period, from Abraham up to 135 C.E., except for one long hiatus, is marked by ceaseless military confrontations. Military prowess, however, is an aspect of Jewish history that is not well remembered today.

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