Abraham's Children

Abraham's Children

Race, Identity, and the DNA of "the Chosen People"

Book - 2007
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
A provocative study of the role of genetics in transforming the modern world's understanding of race, ethnicity, and religion provides narrative discussion of current breakthroughs that are enabling scientists to trace individual family lines back for centuries to evaluate various genetic predispositions.

Baker
& Taylor

A narrative discussion of current breakthroughs that are enabling scientists to trace individual family lines back for centuries evaluates how these genetic markers relate to Jewish identity, religion, and history.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446580632
0446580635
Branch Call Number: 305.8924 ENT
Characteristics: 420p. : maps ; 24 cm

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