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Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History
     

Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History

by David B. Goldstein
 

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ISBN-10: 0300151284

ISBN-13: 9780300151282

Pub. Date: 05/12/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Who are the Jews? Where did they come from? What is the connection between an ancient Jewish priest in Jerusalem and today’s Israeli sunbather on the beaches of Tel Aviv? These questions stand at the heart of this engaging book. Geneticist David Goldstein analyzes modern DNA studies of Jewish populations and examines the intersections of these scientific

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Who are the Jews? Where did they come from? What is the connection between an ancient Jewish priest in Jerusalem and today’s Israeli sunbather on the beaches of Tel Aviv? These questions stand at the heart of this engaging book. Geneticist David Goldstein analyzes modern DNA studies of Jewish populations and examines the intersections of these scientific findings with the history (both biblical and modern) and oral tradition of the Jews. With a special gift for translating complex scientific concepts into language understandable to all, Goldstein delivers an accessible, personal, and fascinating book that tells the history of a group of people through the lens of genetics.

In a series of detective-style stories, Goldstein explores the priestly lineage of Jewish males as manifested by Y chromosomes; the Jewish lineage claims of the Lemba, an obscure black South African tribe; the differences in maternal and paternal genetic heritage among Jewish populations; and much more. The author also grapples with the medical and ethical implications of our rapidly growing command of the human genomic landscape. The study of genetics has not only changed the study of Jewish history, Goldstein shows, it has altered notions of Jewish identity and even our understanding of what makes a people a people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300151282
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
808,311
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     1
Keeping God's House: Y Chromosomes and Old Testament Priests     8
Lost Tribe No More? The Black Jews of South Africa     40
Looking Out for Number Two: The Case of the Ashkenazi Levites     61
Those Jewish Mothers: The Development of Female-Defined Ethnicity in the Jewish Diaspora     75
Look on Mine Affliction: Genetic Diseases and Jewish History     100
Jews, Genes, and the Future     115
Notes     121
Glossary     127
Bibliography     129
Index     141

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