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The Black Jews of AfricaHistory, Religion, Identity$
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Edith Bruder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333565.001.0001

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 Jewish Accounts and Christian Traditions

 Jewish Accounts and Christian Traditions

(p.19) 2 Jewish Accounts and Christian Traditions
The Black Jews of Africa

Edith Bruder

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the myth of the Lost Tribes. It argues that from the earliest times to the first conquests, the myth of the Lost Tribes and its plasticity gave weight to the world of interrelated representations, commonplace and stereotyped images, for laying out supposedly historical realities. The mental perception that resulted divided the world into categories in terms of these stereotypes. The myth gave birth, throughout these centuries, to a tendency to invoke the “Lost Tribes” to make sense of any unknown population. Isaiah's and Ezekiel's prophecies predicting the return of the tribes from the land of Kush provided an authoritative infrastructure for all future speculation concerning the presence of the Ten Tribes in Africa.

Keywords:   Africa, myth, Lost Tribes, Christians, Ten Tribes

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