Patai Raphael - Patai Wing Jennifer - The Myth of the jewish race

Authors : Patai Raphael - Patai Wing Jennifer
Title : The Myth of the jewish race
Year : 1975

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PRIOR TO THE present volume only one book was available in English on the question of the Jewish "race": Dr. Maurice Fishberg's The Jews: A Study in Race and Environment, which was published jointly in 1911 by Charles Scribner's Sons of New York and the Walter Scott Publishing Company of London. 1 In the sixty-three years that have elapsed since, the physical anthropology of the Jews has been the subject of numerous studies reported in journal articles. More importantly, methods and approaches of the new science of genetics, developed since World War I, have been applied to the Jews, and a considerable number of surveys, comparing Jewish and non-Jewish groups with respect to various serological and other genetic features, have been carried out and reported in scholarly literature. These developments have brought about a new understanding of the genetic relationship between the Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. A re-examination of the question of the Jewish "race" thus seemed to be called for. Another development that has taken place in the two generations since Fishberg published his book has been the intensification of the study of Jewish history. As a result of the work of modern Jewish historians, we know much more today about the history of the Jews in general and in individual countries in particular than we did before World War 1. A part of this deeper and broader knowledge stems from the amassing of numerous case histories and details concerning proselytism, intermarriage, slavery, concubinage, and the like, all of which contribute to our knowledge of non-Jewish genetic influences on the Jews. ...

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