The Beta Israel: Falasha in Ethiopia: From Earliest Times by Steven B. Kaplan PDF

By Steven B. Kaplan

ISBN-10: 081474625X

ISBN-13: 9780814746257

ISBN-10: 0814746640

ISBN-13: 9780814746646

...balanced and good informed...a extraordinary piece of scholarship aimed toward demythologizing the origins of the Ethiopian Falasha.
-Foreign Affairs

Kaplan's definitive therapy should be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African historical past, and comparative faith, in addition to a person drawn to Jewish affairs and the fashionable heart East.

The Midwest booklet Review

Kaplan's conceptualizations are really apt and obviously expressed...incisive and good documented... and gives crucial historical past for the method of assimilation now taking lace in Israel.
-The foreign magazine of African ancient Studies

Kaplan's capable interdisciplinary strategy is of serious price for individuals attracted to faith, civilization, and strategy of change.
-Religious reports Review

Kaplan's well-written, lucid presentation make[s] this crucial, efficient contribution available to all degrees of readers. hugely recommended.

Choice

Insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution.Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Professor of track, Harvard University

Undoubtedly the main specific, so much scholarly, and so much dispassionate argument of Falasha heritage hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious research by means of all these (and particularly in Israel) who've any sensible or scholarly reference to the Beta Israel.
-- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian reviews, collage of LondonFellow of the British Academy

Given Kaplan's facility with either written and oral resources, he's in a distinct place to synthesize and reconcile the hot historic findings of ethnographers with the written assets and differing conclusions of previous historians and linguists. His paintings is insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution.
-- Kay Shelemay, Wesleyan University

The foundation of the Black Jews of Ethiopia has lengthy been a resource of fascination and controversy. Their and destiny maintains to generate debate. The end result of virtually a decade of analysis, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the e-book of the 1st book-length scholarly learn of the heritage of this specific community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the heritage of the Falasha and to think about them within the wider context of Ethiopian heritage and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from earlier stories that have considered them from the exterior point of view of Jewish historical past. Drawing on a wide selection of resources together with the Beta Israel's personal literature and oral traditions, Kaplan demonstrates that they're no longer a misplaced Jewish tribe, yet particularly an ethnic crew which emerged in Ethiopia among the 14th and sixteenth century. certainly, the identify, Falasha, their spiritual hierarchy, sacred texts, and monetary specialization can all be dated to this era. one of the topics the e-book addresses are their hyperlinks with Ethiopian Christianity, the medieval legends relating their lifestyles, their wars with the Ethiopian emperors, their relegation to the prestige of a despised semi-caste, their encounters with ecu missionaries, and the impression of the good Famine of 1888-1892.
Kaplan's definitive therapy should be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African historical past, and comparative faith, in addition to a person drawn to Jewish affairs and the fashionable heart East.

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