The Falashas: A Short History of the Jews of Ethiopia

The Falashas: A Short History of the Jews of Ethiopia


By (author) David Kessler

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  • Publisher: Frank Cass Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714641707
  • ISBN 13: 9780714641706
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,691,007

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This third, revised edition comprises the whole of the original volume and is enhanced by the addition of a new preface and afterward which seek to reply to criticisms of the authors argument about the origins of the Falashas, and include some new thinking on the subject. Drawing on tradition and legend to reinforce his argument, the author again traces the source of the community to the Jewish settlements which existed in ancient Egypt (particularly at Elephantine on the Nile) and in the ancient Meroitic Kingdom, in present day Sudan known in the Bible as Cush. The story told in this book is remarkable, heroic and stimulating and makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the horn of Africa.

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For anyone interested in this remarkable people, Kesslers book is surely the most readable and entertaining guide." Tudor Parfitt, Jewish Chronicle International Journal of African Historical Studies "A useful and cool-headed account of the external involvement of organizations and governments in the "Falasha" issue since 1941.