...balanced and good informed...a notable piece of scholarship geared toward demythologizing the origins of the Ethiopian Falasha.
Kaplan's definitive remedy could be of curiosity to scholars and students of Jewish heritage, African historical past, and comparative faith, in addition to an individual attracted to Jewish affairs and the trendy heart East.
The Midwest ebook Review
Kaplan's conceptualizations are really appropriate and obviously expressed...incisive and good documented... and offers crucial historical past for the method of assimilation now taking lace in Israel.
-The overseas magazine of African historic Studies
Kaplan's capable interdisciplinary process is of significant price for folks drawn to faith, civilization, and strategy of change.
-Religious reports 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 designated, so much scholarly, and such a lot dispassionate argument of Falasha historical past hitherto released. [T]his paintings merits ... the main cautious research by means of all these (and particularly in Israel) who've any sensible or scholarly reference to the Beta Israel.
-- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian stories, collage 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 old findings of ethnographers with the written resources and differing conclusions of past 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 virtually a decade of study, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the book of the 1st book-length scholarly examine of the heritage of this precise community.
In this quantity, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the historical past of the Falasha and to contemplate them within the wider context of Ethiopian heritage and tradition. This marks a transparent departure from earlier reports that have considered them from the exterior viewpoint of Jewish historical past. Drawing on a large choice of resources together with the Beta Israel's personal literature and oral traditions, Kaplan demonstrates that they're now not a misplaced Jewish tribe, yet really an ethnic staff 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 booklet addresses are their hyperlinks with Ethiopian Christianity, the medieval legends referring to 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 effect of the nice Famine of 1888-1892.
Kaplan's definitive therapy might 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.