The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel

by Amotz Asa-El

Combines the stories of the Diaspora and the Lost Tribes

cover image "The Jewish nation," wrote Greek geographer Strabo, "is to be found practically anywhere in the world." Two millennia later this statement is still as valid, intriguing, and fascinating as its was in ancient and Medieval times.

The Jews, whose dispersal began even before Babylonia's King Nebuchadnezar destroyed in 587 B.C.E Solomon's Temple and the rest of Jerusalem, sank roots throughout the Mediterranean basin. In the course of that migration they merged with myriad local cultures, but at the same time vigilantly maintained their Jewish identity. Since then, Jews have been found in virtually almost in every corner of the earth, bringing with them their heritage, education, and skills, while displaying an ability to both adapt and contribute to the countries where they arrived.

The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel examines the origins, structure, travails, and future of the Jewish Diaspora.

The first part chronicles the Jews' migrations throughout the world, which in some cases was precipitated by persecution and at others by opportunity. The story of the Diaspora takes us from the heights of Jewish scholarly accomplishment, religious piety, cultural enlightenment, and economic accomplishment, to the depths of prejudice, loss and despair that have so often befallen communities throughout the Diaspora.

Other chapters explore the uniqueness of Jewish history, the role of persecution in the Diaspora experience, and the trends that may shape the future of the Diaspora.

A special chapter deals with the Lost Tribes.

In contrast to the Jews, who descended from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi and generally preserved their heritage, the rest of the Israelite tribes have long been regarded as irrevocably lost. However, there is also evidence indicating that vestiges of these ancient tribes continue to exist in some of the most remote and unexpected corners of the earth.

Combined with stunning archival and contemporary photographs and exquisite examples of ceremonial art, The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel takes us on a journey through the main routes of Jewish history and culture.

10 5/8 x 12 1/2 in., 240 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-604-2
$60.00 U.S.

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