Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Is Jewish identity an invention?

According to Israeli academic and historian Dr Shlomo Zand of Tel Aviv University it may well be. His book When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? has been top of the bestseller lists in Israel for the past six months. It's only available in Hebrew and French at the moment, but there are plenty of reviews online - here's another from Haaretz from back in March.


Margo said...

Only if you don't believe in the Bible, plenty about scattering and gathering of a people in there. And DNA research indicates that Jews throughout the world share Middle Eastern genetic markers to a remarkable degree. But of course much of modern Jewish identity is an "invention" just like any other identity, even Ulster Scots!