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Author Weitzman, Steven, 1965- author.

Title The origin of the Jews : the quest for roots in a rootless age / Steven Weitzman.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    909.04924 WEI    DUE 07-16-19
Description ix, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-382) and index.
Contents Genealogical bewilderment: lost ancestors and elusive languages -- Roots and rootlessness: paleolinguistics and the prehistory of the Jews -- Histories natural and unnatural: the documentary hypothesis and other developmental theories -- A thrice-told Tel: the archaeology of ethnogenesis -- Thought fossils: psychoanalytic approaches -- Hellenism and hybridity: did the Jews learn how to be Jewish from the Greeks? -- Disruptive innovation: the Jewish people as a modern invention -- Source codes: the genetic search for founders.
Summary "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.
Subject Jews -- History.
Jews -- Historiography.
ISBN 0691174601

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