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Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng

Xu, Xin; Friend, Beverly

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ISBN 10: 0881255289 / ISBN 13: 9780881255287
Published by KTAV Publishing House, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Red cloth (hard cover) in mylar protected dust-jacket. 140 pages; illustrated. SIGNED by author on front free endpaper. A historically interesting and profoundly inspiring story of the 1000 year history of Jews in China. A clean, tight copy in as new condition. Bookseller Inventory # 003249

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Title: Legends of the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng

Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Hoboken, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Cloth

Illustrator: Ting Cheng

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

About this title


A collection of legends and stories from the oral tradition of this group of Jews who migrated to China long ago offers a look at their history and unique identity.

From School Library Journal:

Gr 6 Up-The anti-Semitic fervor of 11th-century Crusaders drove a community of Jews from their home on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, in what is now Turkey. They eventually settled in Kaifeng, then the capital of China under the Song Dynasty. There they built a synagogue in 1163, and maintained their cultural and religious identity into the 19th century. By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Kaifeng Jews reached a population peak of 5000. Using oral histories collected in China, the authors distill 900 years of memory into 20 chronological stories about major events in the life of the community. Unfortunately, they are better historians than storytellers. Invented dialogue is transparently written to convey factual information, not to delineate character. The narration is clear but dry, lacking the drama and specific details needed to bring a story to life. Handsome full-color illustrations embellish each chapter. Libraries with extensive collections in Jewish or Chinese history will want this title, but the writing style isn't compelling enough to interest general readers in this fascinating, but obscure, footnote to history.-Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA

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