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

Kaplan's definitive therapy may be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African heritage, and comparative faith, in addition to somebody drawn to Jewish affairs and the trendy center 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 historic Studies

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

Kaplan's well-written, lucid presentation make[s] this significant, 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 certain, such a lot scholarly, and such a lot dispassionate argument of Falasha heritage hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious learn by means of all these (and particularly in Israel) who've any functional or scholarly reference to the Beta Israel.
-- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian stories, college of LondonFellow of the British Academy

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

The beginning of the Black Jews of Ethiopia has lengthy been a resource of fascination and controversy. Their situation and destiny keeps to generate debate. The end result of just about a decade of analysis, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the booklet of the 1st book-length scholarly research of the historical past of this distinctive community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the heritage of the Falasha and to contemplate them within the wider context of Ethiopian historical past and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from earlier reports that have seen them from the exterior point of view of Jewish historical past. Drawing on a wide selection of assets together with the Beta Israel's personal literature and oral traditions, Kaplan demonstrates that they're no longer a misplaced Jewish tribe, yet quite an ethnic staff which emerged in Ethiopia among the 14th and sixteenth century. certainly, the identify, Falasha, their spiritual 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 touching on their life, their wars with the Ethiopian emperors, their relegation to the prestige of a despised semi-caste, their encounters with eu missionaries, and the influence of the nice Famine of 1888-1892.
Kaplan's definitive remedy could be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African background, and comparative faith, in addition to someone attracted to Jewish affairs and the fashionable center East.

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