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The Bible and Zionism : Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine-Israel - Nur Masalha

The Bible and Zionism

Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine-Israel

Hardcover Published: 15th September 2007
ISBN: 9781842777602
Number Of Pages: 366

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Does the bible justify Zionism? Since the foundation of the Israeli state in 1948, Torah and tank have become increasingly inseparable, resulting in the forced expulsion and subjugation of millions of indigenous Palestinians.

Nur Masalha's groundbreaking new book traces Zionism's evolution from a secular, settler movement in the late 19th century, to the messianic faith it has become today. He shows how the biblical language of 'chosen people' and 'promised land' has been used by many Christian and Jewish Zionists as the 'title deeds' for Israel, justifying ethnic division and violence. With Edward Said, Masalha argues that a new politics of peace can only be achieved through a single, democratic state, which replaces religious zealotry with secular equality.

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'Groundbreaking'. Abrar

'His argument should be read and taken deadly seriously...Nur makes a fascinating comparison between US backing for Israel today and British Christian backing for the Zionist project over a hundred years ago.' John Rose, International Socialism

`As a collection of virtually independent, yet interdependent essays, this books must strike the reader as unique in its breadth of discourse in the now increasingly over-subscribed as well as predominately `area study' focussed discipline of Middle Eastern politics and history ... very important and contextually relevant.' Sam Jacob, University of Exeter, Friends of Al-Aqsa

'Challenging.' The Pastoral Review

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Bible, Zionism and the Invention of Tradition
'The Bible is Our Mandate': Zionism, the Hebrew Bible and the Palestinian Catastrophe, 1881-1967p. 15
Biblical Prophecy and Christian Imperialism: Christian Zionism, Armageddon Theology and the Battle for Jerusalemp. 85
From the Secular to the Sacred
From Secularism to Messianism: The Theology and Geopolitics of Neo-Zionism, 1967-2006p. 135
Jewish Fundamentalism, the Bible and the 'Sacred Geography' of Jerusalem: Implications for Inter-faith Relationsp. 165
Reinventing Maimonides: From Universalist Philosopher to Neo-Zionist Messianic, 1967-2006p. 183
Invented Traditions and New Challenges
Palestinian Religious Nationalism, Decolonisation and the Biblical Paradigm: Hamas, Zionism and Resisting the Occupationp. 215
Is the Hebrew Bible Historical? The Invention of Tradition and the Challenge of Archaeology for Biblical Scholarship and Nationalist Historiographyp. 240
The Bible, Post-colonialism and the Moral Critique: Michael Prior, Palestinian Liberation Theology and the Biblical Academyp. 263
Cultural Resistance and the Secular Humanist Challenge: Edward W. Said, Zionism and Rethinking the Question of Palestinep. 279
Epiloguep. 310
Notesp. 323
Bibliographyp. 336
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9781842777602
ISBN-10: 1842777602
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 15th September 2007
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.84  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.85

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