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The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age

Steven Weitzman


The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be found in the Bible, others look to archaeology or genetics. Some skeptics have even sought to debunk the very idea that the Jews have a common origin. This book takes a learned and lively look at what we know—or think we know—about where the Jews came from, when they arose, and how they came to be. Scholars have written hundreds of books on the topic and have come up with scores of explanations, theori ... More

Keywords: genealogy, Jews, Jewish origins, anti-Semitism, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, archaeology, genetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174600
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Weitzman, author
University of Pennsylvania