“The invention of the Jewish people”

The Middle East Monitor:

The Invention of the Jewish People was a book written by Shlomo Sand, an Israeli professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv…

Dolmenic Arch Tel Aviv University

Sand argues the implausibility of Jews having a common ethnic identity as Judaism was originally, like Christianity and later Islam, a “proselytising religion”. The notion of Judaism as a “race”, rather than a religion of various races, is incompatible.

The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Israeli Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research.

The idea of a “nation race” was progressively developed and reinforced over centuries of segregated Jewish communities in Europe.

With the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz “retrospectively” crafted a discrete identity for the ghettoised people – mapping their origin to an old kingdom and wandering exiles.

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