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

Kaplan's definitive therapy might be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish background, African background, and comparative faith, in addition to somebody attracted to Jewish affairs and the trendy heart East.

The Midwest booklet Review

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

Kaplan's capable interdisciplinary method is of significant worth for people drawn to faith, civilization, and means of change.
-Religious stories Review

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


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

Undoubtedly the main unique, so much scholarly, and such a lot dispassionate argument of Falasha background hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious learn by way of all these (and particularly 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 distinct place to synthesize and reconcile the hot 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 foundation of the Black Jews of Ethiopia has lengthy been a resource of fascination and controversy. Their and destiny keeps to generate debate. The end result of virtually a decade of study, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the ebook of the 1st book-length scholarly examine of the historical past of this particular community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the background of the Falasha and to contemplate them within the wider context of Ethiopian background and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from earlier reviews that have considered them from the exterior standpoint of Jewish background. 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 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 matters the publication 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 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 historical past, African background, and comparative faith, in addition to an individual attracted to Jewish affairs and the fashionable heart East.

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