The Invention of the Jewish People

The Invention of the Jewish People

Book - 2009
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All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have proved as divisive and influential as the Israeli national myth. The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century CE, and the assertion of both cultural and racial continuity through to the Jewish people of the present day, resonates far beyond Israel's borders. Despite its use as a justification for Jewish settlement in Palestine and the project of a Greater Israel, there have been few scholarly investigations into the historical accuracy of the story as a whole. Here, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times--when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultures, reconstituted an imagined people in order to model a future nation.--From publisher description.
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2009
Edition: English ed
ISBN: 9781844674220
1844674223
Characteristics: xi, 332 p. ; 24 cm

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ivanthelibrarian Nov 09, 2010

Two primary issues of concern raised in this book: did the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE result in an exodus of the Jewish people and did the East European Jews descend from the Kingdom of Kharzia? The answer to these questions has implications for the legitimacy of the modern Israeli state.

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