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The Myth of the 12 Tribes of Israel

Andrew Tobolowsky, author of the new book ‘The Myth of the Twelve Tribes of Israel,’ discusses how the concept has been used for centuries to construct and reinvent identity.

Andrew Tobolowsky
Andrew Tobolowsky

This week, we explore the ways in which groups have mobilized the 12 Tribes myth — all around the world — for a few thousand years, and how that conversation across the millennia can help us better understand how people (and communities) continually construct and reinvent their identities. Listen here:

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