The Other Zions: The Lost Histories of Jewish Nations by Eric MaroneyThe Other Zions: The Lost Histories of Jewish Nations by Eric Maroney

The Other Zions: The Lost Histories of Jewish Nations

byEric Maroney

Hardcover | December 16, 2009

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The Other Zions tells the fascinating and little-known stories of independent Jewish states, kingdoms, and tribes throughout history. Though Israel is the only Jewish nation most people can name, there have been many more. Author Eric Maroney introduces readers to the Jews of Khazaria, Adiabene (modern day Iraq), Ethiopia, Birobidzhan (modern day Russia), Himyar (modern day Yemen), and more. Leading readers through the rich histories of these communities, this accessible book digs into the intriguing myths that surround many, including the legends of the "lost tribes of Israel."
Eric Maroney is a freelance writer and works at Cornell University. He is also the author of Religious Syncretism.
Title:The Other Zions: The Lost Histories of Jewish NationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.48 × 6.37 × 0.72 inPublished:December 16, 2009Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Neutral Piece of Land: The Jewish State Chapter 2 So If the King of Israel Should Come With His Men: The Lost Tribes in History and Myth Chapter 3 King Solomon Loved Many Strange Women: The Jewish Kingdom of Ethiopia Chapter 4 Though We Are Far From Zion: The Khazar Jewish Kingdom Chapter 5 And Jews Were Independent of Any Gentile Yoke: The Jewish Tribes of the Hijaz and the Jewish Kingdom of Himyar Chapter 6 In the Manner of the Jewish Tradition: The Jewish Kingdom of Adiabene Chapter 7 They Have No Settled, Agreed Beliefs: The Kahina and the Berbers Chapter 8 A Jewish National State: The Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region in Birobidzhan Chapter 9 Who Is a Jew? Zion and Identity Chapter 10 Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

The Other Zions challenges the dominant myth that the Zionist movement was the fulfillment of a millennia-old and singular desire of Diaspora Jews to be 'returned' to their home in the Land of Israel. Eric Maroney's work demonstrates that, from ancient times to the present, the Jews' ability to craft homelands for themselves in regions far from their imagined point of origins has been an important-if overlooked-part of their history.