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By Steven B. Kaplan

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

Kaplan's definitive remedy may be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish heritage, African historical past, and comparative faith, in addition to someone drawn to Jewish affairs and the fashionable center East.

The Midwest booklet Review

Kaplan's conceptualizations are really appropriate and obviously expressed...incisive and good documented... and offers crucial heritage for the method of assimilation now taking lace in Israel.
-The overseas magazine of African old Studies

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

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

Choice

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

Undoubtedly the main precise, such a lot scholarly, and so much dispassionate argument of Falasha historical past hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious examine through all these (and specifically in Israel) who've any useful or scholarly reference to the Beta Israel.
-- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian experiences, 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 recent historic findings of ethnographers with the written resources and differing conclusions of prior historians and linguists. His paintings is insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution.
-- Kay Shelemay, Wesleyan University

The starting place of the Black Jews of Ethiopia has lengthy been a resource of fascination and controversy. Their situation and destiny maintains to generate debate. The end result of just about a decade of analysis, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the ebook of the 1st book-length scholarly examine of the historical past of this specific community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the background of the Falasha and to contemplate them within the wider context of Ethiopian heritage and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from past stories that have considered them from the exterior standpoint of Jewish heritage. 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 fairly an ethnic team which emerged in Ethiopia among the 14th and sixteenth century. certainly, the identify, Falasha, their non secular hierarchy, sacred texts, and financial specialization can all be dated to this era. one of the matters the e-book addresses are their hyperlinks with Ethiopian Christianity, the medieval legends bearing on 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 could be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African historical past, and comparative faith, in addition to somebody drawn to Jewish affairs and the fashionable center East.

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