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The Chosen People: Wales and the Jews Paperback – 27 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (27 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854113097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854113092
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The histories of the Welsh people and the Jewish people have entwined in a number of ways over the centuires. The Chosen People uses extracts from Welsh literature to show the two nations have interacted both in Wales and elsewhere. Drawing its sources from poetry, drama, novels, shortstories, memoirs and a screenplay, the book reveals the variety of welsh responses to the Jewish people from the sixth century to the present day, from conversionism to comradeship, and from scepticism to solidarity. Among the topics covered are the curious tale of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists' mission to convert the Jews; the sensational Cardiff Jewess Abduction Case; the dramatic Welsh role in the recapture of Jerusalem from the Turks; the anti-semitic riots in the Welsh valleys; the parallels drawn between the Welsh and Hebrew languages; the crucial part played by Wales in the establishment of the State of Israel.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Harris on 5 Dec. 2010
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Grahame Davies has edited a very good and varied collection. Full of excerpts from novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and much biographical data not readily available elsewhere, this anthology is both unique and richly rewarding. I have discovered at least two new authors I will now be looking out for. My only criticism is with the publisher, as I felt the book's 'look' was not very appealing, and the layout of the content rather jumbled and not very aesthetic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Anthology of Welsh writers on Jewish topics 6 Oct. 2005
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This is not a narrative history or a scholarly investigation. I was a bit misled by the publisher's description; this book focuses mainly on quite recent, 20th century, literary mentions of Jews by Welsh authors, considerations of the establishment of the state of Israel by Welsh politicians and religious figures, and extracts from a smaller number of pre-20c preachers and storytellers on Welsh-Jewish affinities. It is not a truly academic study for there are but three brief footnotes appended, no index, and a brief but serviceable 10-pg. introduction by the editor.

Davies has done a service by translating much of these materials, previously scattered, half only in Welsh originally, and I only wish that a fuller incorporation of the earlier period had been included. While the publisher suggests the scope of this research goes back to the 6th c. this is barely glanced at in the book. Little of the earlier stages of Welsh consideration of the Jews apparently exists, according to the contents here assembled.

Davies does caution that the pre-Reformation divines and mythmakers did not focus much on Israel or the Jews; a look at the fascinating pseudo-scholarship long dabbled in by British Israelites may have seemed like a tangent for this admittedly small anthology, but such forays into proto-Celt/patriarchial roots by misled etymologists might have enriched this collection and added to its value for curious readers and curiouser scholars today.
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