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Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People

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    Harry Ostrer MD(Author)

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Who are the Jews―a race, a people, a religious group? For over a century, non-Jews and Jews alike have tried to identify who they were―first applying the methods of physical anthropology and more recently of population genetics.
In Legacy, Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and authority on the genetics of the Jewish people, explores not only the history of these efforts, but also the insights that genetics has provided about the histories of contemporary Jewish people. Much of the book is told through the lives of scientific pioneers. We meet Russian immigrant Maurice Fishberg; Australian Joseph Jacobs, the leading Jewish anthropologist in fin-de-siècle Europe; Chaim Sheba, a colorful Israeli geneticist and surgeon general of the Israeli Army; and Arthur Mourant, one of the foremost cataloguers of blood groups in the 20th century. As Ostrer describes their work and the work of others, he shows that to look over the genetics of Jewish groups, and to see the history of the Diaspora woven there, is truly a marvel. Here is what happened as the Jews migrated to new places and saw their numbers wax and wane, as they gained and lost adherents and thrived or were buffeted by famine, disease, wars, and persecution.Many of these groups―from North Africa, the Middle East, India―are little-known, and by telling their stories, Ostrer brings them to the forefront at a time when assimilation is literally changing the face of world Jewry.
A fascinating blend of history, science, and biography, Legacy offers readers an entirely fresh perspective on the Jewish people and their history. It is as well a cutting-edge portrait of population genetics, a field which may soon take its place as a pillar of group identity alongside shared spirituality, shared social values, and a shared cultural legacy.

.".. for the specialist and anyone touched by the enduring debate over Jewish identity, this book is indispensable." - The Jewish Daily Forward

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Harry Ostrer MD(Author)
  • OUP USA; 1 edition (17 May 2012)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Growltiger on 8 January 2014

    This book is a strange and rather irritating blend of professional and amateur elements. The science is written by a professional, so whilst there are controversial topics in this area, it can be taken as authoritative enough. But the organisation of the book is rather loose (a reviewer on wondered whether it was coherently organised, and this is not unreasonable). The editing is not entirely what one might expect from OUP. Perhaps oddest of all is the decision, unique in my experience, to print the same illustrations twice - once in black and white on or near the page where the subject is discussed, and once in bunches of colour plates. The cogency of the book would have gained more from clearer (any?) explanation of the genomic principles behind the diagrams than it does by printing them twice.

  • By David Ashton on 15 August 2016

    One of several fairly recent studies of Jews that uses modern genetic evidence. It incudes a brief refutation of the Khazar theory of Ashkenazim origins.

  • By KATE on 15 September 2014

    Splendid and worthwhile purchase. A current reference text.

  • By Daniel Serrão on 7 August 2014

    It's excellent explanation on jewish legacy over the time

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