Ethiopia and the Bible

Ethiopia and the Bible

A good deal of legendary information about the Falashas appears already in such medieval writings as Sefer Eldad and in an ... June 1957 ; Aescoly , Sefer ha - Falashim ; idem , Recueil de Textes Falachas ; Leslau , Falasha Anthology ...

Author: Edward Ullendorff

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0197260764

Category: Religion

Page: 173

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Traditionally Ethiopia has formed a bridge between civilizations, with Jerusalem as vital as Aksum in the national consciousness of the Ethiopians. In this volume, Professor Ullendorff investigates the relationship of Ethiopia to the Bible. He considers the historical background, translations of the Bible into Ethiopian languages, and the impact of the Old Testament, which goes beyond anything experienced in the other Oriental Christian Churches. The book concludes with an examination of the story of the Queen of Sheba, based on the Biblical account of the queen's visit to King Solomon. It shows how this account has undergone extensive Arabian, Ethiopian, Jewish and other elaborations, to become the subject of one of the most ubiquitous and fertile cycles of legends in the Near East.
Categories: Religion

The Beta Israel Falasha in Ethiopia

The Beta Israel  Falasha  in Ethiopia

It is strange to find Kessler, Falashas, 42, quoting this passage with approval given his claim that Elephantine practice was “remarkably reminiscent” of that of the Beta Israel. Wolf Leslau, Falasha Anthology (New Haven: Yale ...

Author: Steven Kaplan

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814746640

Category: History

Page: 246

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...balanced and well informed...a striking piece of scholarship aimed at demythologizing the origins of the Ethiopian Falasha. -Foreign Affairs Kaplan's definitive treatment will be of interest to students and scholars of Jewish history, African history, and comparative religion, as well as anyone interested in Jewish affairs and the modern Middle East. The Midwest Book Review Kaplan's conceptualizations are judicious and clearly expressed...incisive and well documented... and provides essential background for the process of assimilation now taking lace in Israel. -The International Journal of African Historical Studies Kaplan's able interdisciplinary approach is of great value for persons interested in religion, civilization, and process of change. -Religious Studies Review Kaplan's well-written, lucid presentation make[s] this important, competent contribution accessible to all levels of readers. Highly recommended. Choice Insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution.Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Professor of Music, Harvard University Undoubtedly the most detailed, most scholarly, and most dispassionate argument of Falasha history hitherto published. [T]his work deserves ... the most careful study by all those (and in particular in Israel) who have any practical or scholarly connection with the Beta Israel. -- Edward UllendorffEmeritus Professor of Ethiopian Studies, University of LondonFellow of the British Academy Given Kaplan's facility with both written and oral sources, he is in a unique position to synthesize and reconcile the new historical findings of ethnographers with the written sources and differing conclusions of earlier historians and linguists. His work is insightful and thorough, a welcome contribution. -- Kay Shelemay, Wesleyan University The origin of the Black Jews of Ethiopia has long been a source of fascination and controversy. Their condition and future continues to generate debate. The culmination of almost a decade of research, The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia marks the publication of the first book-length scholarly study of the history of this unique community. In this volume, Steven Kaplan seeks to demythologize the history of the Falasha and to consider them in the wider context of Ethiopian history and culture. This marks a clear departure from previous studies which have viewed them from the external perspective of Jewish history. Drawing on a wide variety of sources including the Beta Israel's own literature and oral traditions, Kaplan demonstrates that they are not a lost Jewish tribe, but rather an ethnic group which emerged in Ethiopia between the 14th and 16th century. Indeed, the name, Falasha, their religious hierarchy, sacred texts, and economic specialization can all be dated to this period. Among the subjects the book addresses are their links with Ethiopian Christianity, the medieval legends concerning their existence, their wars with the Ethiopian emperors, their relegation to the status of a despised semi-caste, their encounters with European missionaries, and the impact of the Great Famine of 1888-1892. Kaplan's definitive treatment will be of interest to students and scholars of Jewish history, African history, and comparative religion, as well as anyone interested in Jewish affairs and the modern Middle East.
Categories: History

For Our Soul

For Our Soul

Leslau, Falasha Anthology. 34. See Leviticus, 6:25, 22:6–7. 35. Payne, Ethiopian Jews, p. 23. 36. Leslau, Falasha Anthology, p. xix. 37. For traditional conventions, protocols, and role expectations among the various elements of ...

Author: Teshome Wagaw

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814344095

Category: History

Page: 320

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For Our Soul describes the ongoing process of adjustment and absorption that the Ethiopian Jewish immigrants experienced in Israel.
Categories: History

Testament of Abraham

Testament of Abraham

So Leslau, Falasha Anthology, 94–95 (“almost certainly”). * Aescoly, Recueil de textes falachas, 66–75. There is a second French translation by Marius Chaine and André Caquot in Delcor, Testament, 221–24. Conti Rossini, “Nuovi appunti ...

Author: Dale C. Allison

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110923971

Category: Religion

Page: 543

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This first verse-by-verse commentary on the Greek text of the Testament of Abraham places the work within the history of both Jewish and Christian literature. It emphasizes the literary artistry and comedic nature of the Testament, brings to the task of interpretation a mass of comparative material, and establishes that, although the Testament goes back to a Jewish tale of the first or second century CE, the Christian elements are much more extensive than has previously been realized. The commentary further highlights the dependence of the Testament upon both Greco-Roman mythology and the Jewish Bible. This should be the standard commentary for years to come.
Categories: Religion

The Jews of Ethiopia

The Jews of Ethiopia

Presumed Laws of the Falasha«, in Tarbiz 7 (1936), pp.373¥9:375 (Hebrew). 3 W. Leslau, Falasha Anthology (New Haven, 1951; New York, 1969, 2nd edn), p. 31. 4 Interviews with Qes Nogat,1998,and Qes BerkoBen Baruch, 1999.

Author: Tudor Parfitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134367672

Category: History

Page: 232

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This book offers the results of the most recent research carried out in European and Israeli universities on Ethiopian Jews. With a special focus on Europe and the role played by German, English and Italian Jewish communities in creating a new Jewish Ethiopian identity, it investigates such issues as the formation of a new Ethiopian Jewish elite and the transformation of the identity from Ethiopian Falashas to the Jews of Ethiopia during the twentieth century.
Categories: History

Principles of the Samaritan Halachah

Principles of the Samaritan Halachah

Leslau , Wolf , Falasha Anthology . Schocken Books , New York , 1969 . Loewe , Herbert , Catalogue of the Printed Books and of the Semitic and Jewish MSS in the Mary Frere Hebrew Library at Girton College , Cambridge , Girton College ...

Author: Iain Ruairidh Mac Mhanainn Bóid

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004074791

Category: Religion

Page: 362

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Categories: Religion

Wanderings Among the Falashas in Abyssinia

Wanderings Among the Falashas in Abyssinia

wawvi A BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE Except for the writings of Henry Stern, Wanderings Among the Falashas in Abyssinia,Johann Martin ... 1930) and in 1947 by Wolf Leslau, who was then gathering materials for his Falasha Anthology (New Haven, ...

Author: Henry Aaron Stern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136984785

Category: History

Page: 392

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First published in 1862, this is a narrative of the life led in the islolated Ethiopia of a century ago.
Categories: History

The Falashas

The Falashas

The Falashas do not eat raw meat like other Ethiopians and they observe the Pentateuchal laws concerning the ritually clean and unclean animals and the purging of the sinew of the femoral vein. ... 1Leslau, Falasha Anthology, p. xxv.

Author: David F. Kessler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136304552

Category: History

Page: 224

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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.
Categories: History

The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel

The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel

5 W Leslau, Falasha Anthology, (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1951). 6 W. Leslau, Religious Music of the Falashas, Ethnic Folkways Library, FE4442. 7 K. Shelemay, Falasha liturgical music (36 tapes) (Archives of Traditional Music, ...

Author: Tudor Parfitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136816611

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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For decade the Falashas - the Black Jews of Ethiopia - have fascinated scholars. Are they really Jews and in what sense? How can their origins be explained? Since the Falashas' transfer to Israel in the much publicised Israeli air lifts the fascination has continued and and new factors are now being discussed. Written by the leading scholars in the field the essays in this collection examine the history, music, art, anthropology and current situations of the Ethopian Jews. Issues examined include their integration into Middle Eastern society, contacts between the Falasha and the State of Israel how the Falasha became Jews in the first place.
Categories: Social Science

Studia in Veteris Testamenti pseudepigrapha

Studia in Veteris Testamenti pseudepigrapha

Without elaborating the point , Leslau dates the Christian version adapted by the Falashas to the seventh century . ... 46 The Falasha text is introduced and translated in W. Leslau , Falasha Anthology : The Black Jews of Ethiopia ...

Author: Daniel C. Harlow

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004103090

Category: Religion

Page: 263

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This study addresses the chief critical issues in the interpretation of 3 Baruch including text, genre, setting, function, literary integrity, and original authorship and offers a reading of the document as both a Jewish and a Christian text.
Categories: Religion