Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

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Grand Central Publishing, Oct 24, 2007 - History - 432 pages
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Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating one of today's most controversial topics: the connection between genetics and who we are, and specifically the question "Who is a Jew?"

Entine weaves a fascinating narrative, using breakthroughs in genetic genealogy to reconstruct the Jewish biblical tradition of the chosen people and the hereditary Israelite priestly caste of Cohanim. Synagogues in the mountains of India and China and Catholic churches with a Jewish identity in New Mexico and Colorado provide different patterns of connection within the tangled history of the Jewish diaspora. Legendary accounts of the Hebrew lineage of Ethiopian tribesmen, the building of Africa's Great Zimbabwe fortress, and even the so-called Lost Tribes are reexamined in light of advanced DNA technology. Entine also reveals the shared ancestry of Israelites and Christians.

As people from across the world discover their Israelite roots, their riveting stories unveil exciting new approaches to defining one's identity. Not least, Entine addresses possible connections between DNA and Jewish intelligence and the controversial notion that Jews are a "race apart." ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN is a compelling reinterpretation of biblical history and a challenging and exciting illustration of the promise and power of genetic research.
 

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Jewish law is quite clear on the question "Who is a Jew?" (anyone whose mother is Jewish), yet the question remains vexing, calling up issues of religion, history, culture and sometimes politics. In ... Read full review

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Intreresting. Pulls together much diverse information about genetic genealogy relating to Jews. Read full review

Contents

COPYRIGHT
BLOOD TIES
EVE AND ADAM
THE CRYSTALLIZATION OF JEWISHNESS
WANDERING TRIBES
SEPHARDIM THE VANISHING JEWS OF SPAIN
ASHKENAZIM CONVERTS OR ABRAHAMS
JEWS AND RACE
THE END OF RACE?
DISEASE AND IDENTITY
SMART JEWS JEWISH MOTHERS OR JEWISH
ABRAHAMS CONTESTED COVENANT
APPENDIX 1
APPENDIX 4
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