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Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History (review)

Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History (review) Book Reviews All that having been said, Mitchell Hart's work is a welcome academic study. Sander Gilman's various popular books (e.g., The Jew's Body, 1991) have told us much about the widespread image of the unhealthy "dirty Jew" (internalized by many Jews themselves) a century ago. Prof. Hart presents us with a quite different contemporary image: the healthy "noble Jew." Frank Heynick New York University Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History, by David B. Goldstein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 147 pp. $26.00. The use of genetic data in order to try to understand history is not new. The first attempts used mainly blood groups; however, nowadays new technical abilities allow much more accurate analyses. In the last decades genetic research has been used more and more to try to verify some of the known history and ask specific questions. This is a short book written by geneticist David B. Goldstein about his research on some elements of the Jewish history aimed at the general public. I think that he did excellent job and wrote a very interesting, easy-to-read book that may be appreciated by everyone. The book includes four chapters presenting on one side http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History (review)

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Book Reviews All that having been said, Mitchell Hart's work is a welcome academic study. Sander Gilman's various popular books (e.g., The Jew's Body, 1991) have told us much about the widespread image of the unhealthy "dirty Jew" (internalized by many Jews themselves) a century ago. Prof. Hart presents us with a quite different contemporary image: the healthy "noble Jew." Frank Heynick New York University Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History, by David B. Goldstein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 147 pp. $26.00. The use of genetic data in order to try to understand history is not new. The first attempts used mainly blood groups; however, nowadays new technical abilities allow much more accurate analyses. In the last decades genetic research has been used more and more to try to verify some of the known history and ask specific questions. This is a short book written by geneticist David B. Goldstein about his research on some elements of the Jewish history aimed at the general public. I think that he did excellent job and wrote a very interesting, easy-to-read book that may be appreciated by everyone. The book includes four chapters presenting on one side

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jun 24, 2009

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