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Nathan Devir speaks on "The Lost Tribes of Israel, Yesterday and Today"!

  • Weller Book Works 607 Trolley Square Salt Lake City, UT USA (map)
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Weller Book Works presents the next in the Books and Bridges discussion series! On Wednesday, November 8, at 6:30 PM, we welcome Nathan Devir as he speaks on "The Lost Tribes of Israel, Yesterday and Today"!

Nathan Devir, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Utah, will probe the modern fascination with the Lost Tribes of Israel and examine new communities who claim this identity. In the developing world, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of so-called “Judaizing” communities with supposed descent from the biblical Ten Lost Tribes are increasingly attempting to gain recognition of their status as the “Dispersed of Israel.” Given the near-impossibility of corroborating such communities' ties to known centers of Jewish life elsewhere, how might one establish if such claims have any basis in fact? Professor Devir analyzes the evidence, provides an overview of Jewish-related activity in far-flung locales, and elucidates the implications of these claims and movements surrounding the Lost Tribes for the state of Israel and the Judeo-Christian world in general. The presentation is based on his book New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization.

This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.