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The Origin of the Jews : the Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age.

Author: Steven Weitzman
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017.
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"The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be found in the Bible, others look to archaeology or genetics. Some skeptics have even sought to debunk the very idea that the Jews have a common origin. In this book, Steven Weitzman takes a learned and lively look at what we  Read more...
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Weitzman, Steven.
Origin of the Jews : The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Weitzman
ISBN: 9781400884933 1400884934
OCLC Number: 988866887
Language Note: In English.
Notes: CHAPTER 2 Roots and Rootlessness: Paleolinguistics and the Prehistory of the Jews.
CHAPTER 3 Histories Natural and Unnatural: The Documentary Hypothesis and Other Developmental Theories.
CHAPTER 4 A Thrice- Told Tel: The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis CHAPTER 5 Thought Fossils: Psychoanalytic Approaches.
CHAPTER 6 Hellenism and Hybridity: Did the Jews Learn How to be Jewish from the Greeks?
CHAPTER 7 Disruptive Innovation: The Jewish People as a Modern Invention.
Description: 1 online resource (408 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Genealogical Bewilderment: Lost Ancestors and Elusive Lineages.
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"The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be found in the Bible, others look to archaeology or genetics. Some skeptics have even sought to debunk the very idea that the Jews have a common origin. In this book, Steven Weitzman takes a learned and lively look at what we know - or think we know - about where the Jews came from, when they arose, and how they came to be. Scholars have written hundreds of books on the topic and come up with scores of explanations, theories, and historical reconstructions, but this is the first book to trace the history of the different approaches that have been applied to the question, including genealogy, linguistics, archaeology, psychology, sociology, and genetics. Weitzman shows how this quest has been fraught since its inception with religious and political agendas, how anti-Semitism cast its long shadow over generations of learning, and how recent claims about Jewish origins have been difficult to disentangle from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He does not offer neatly packaged conclusions but invites readers on an intellectual adventure, shedding new light on the assumptions and biases of those seeking answers - and the challenges that have made finding answers so elusive."--Dust jacket.

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