...balanced and good informed...a outstanding piece of scholarship geared toward demythologizing the origins of the Ethiopian Falasha.
Kaplan's definitive therapy might be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish historical past, African heritage, and comparative faith, in addition to a person drawn to Jewish affairs and the trendy center East.
The Midwest e-book Review
Kaplan's conceptualizations are really appropriate and obviously expressed...incisive and good documented... and offers crucial history for the method of assimilation now taking lace in Israel.
-The foreign magazine of African old Studies
Kaplan's capable interdisciplinary procedure is of significant worth for people drawn to faith, civilization, and strategy of change.
-Religious stories Review
Kaplan's well-written, lucid presentation make[s] this crucial, powerfuble contribution obtainable to all degrees of readers. hugely recommended.
Insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution.Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Professor of tune, Harvard University
Undoubtedly the main targeted, such a lot scholarly, and such a lot dispassionate argument of Falasha historical past hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious examine through all these (and particularly in Israel) who've any useful or scholarly reference to the Beta Israel.
-- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian reviews, college of LondonFellow of the British Academy
Given Kaplan's facility with either written and oral resources, he's in a special place to synthesize and reconcile the hot old findings of ethnographers with the written resources 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 keeps to generate debate. The fruits of virtually a decade of study, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the booklet of the 1st book-length scholarly examine of the historical past of this targeted community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the heritage of the Falasha and to contemplate them within the wider context of Ethiopian heritage and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from prior reports that have considered them from the exterior standpoint of Jewish background. Drawing on a large choice of resources together with the Beta Israel's personal literature and oral traditions, Kaplan demonstrates that they're now not a misplaced Jewish tribe, yet really an ethnic workforce which emerged in Ethiopia among the 14th and sixteenth century. certainly, the identify, Falasha, their non secular hierarchy, sacred texts, and fiscal specialization can all be dated to this era. one of the topics the booklet addresses are their hyperlinks with Ethiopian Christianity, the medieval legends referring to their lifestyles, their wars with the Ethiopian emperors, their relegation to the prestige of a despised semi-caste, their encounters with eu missionaries, and the impression of the nice Famine of 1888-1892.
Kaplan's definitive remedy should be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African heritage, and comparative faith, in addition to an individual drawn to Jewish affairs and the fashionable heart East.
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