Jonathan Freedland looks on as his eight-day-old son is about to be circumcised and admitted into the Covenant of Abraham’. So begins a search for the meaning of his son’s inheritance and an epic journey into the nature of this, the world’s oldest civilisation. What has Freedland done by enlisting his son into the Jewish people? What gift or burden has he given him? Freedland digs deep into his own family’s past, telling the story of three remarkable people, each of whom came up with radically different answers to a quintessentially modern dilemma: how to live as a minority in the modern world. Rich in both human drama and reflection, Jacob’s Gift is the story of this quest, and a delightful meditation on belonging.