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The Healing of Nations : The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness - Mark R. Amstutz

The Healing of Nations

The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780742535817
Number Of Pages: 283

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Usually, we think of the state of modern Israel, as well as the late nineteenth-century Zionist movement that led to its founding, as a response to anti-Semitism which grew out of cultural and religious Judaism. In What Is Modern Israel?, however, Yakov M. Rabkin turns this understanding on its head, arguing convincingly that Zionism, far from being a natural development of Judaism, in fact has its historical and theological roots in Protestant Christianity. While most Jewish people viewed Zionism as marginal or even heretical, Christian enthusiasm for the Restoration of the Jews to the Promised Land transformed the traditional Judaic yearning for 'Return'-a spiritual concept with a very different meaning-into a political project.
Drawing on many overlooked pages of history, and using on a uniquely broad range of sources in English, French, Hebrew, and Russian, Rabkin shows that Zionism was conceived as a sharp break with Judaism and Jewish continuity. Rabkin argues that Israel's past and present must be understood in the context of European ethnic nationalism, colonial expansion, and geopolitical interests rather than-as is all too often the case-an incarnation of Biblical prophecies or a culmination of Jewish history.

A careful discussion of philosophical and theological writings on forgiveness, guilt, justice, and reconciliation...--Political Studies Review

Confronting human rights abuses : approaches to transitional justicep. 17
The nature and purpose of forgivenessp. 41
The possibility and promise of political forgivenessp. 66
Justice, reconciliation, and political forgivenessp. 91
Retributive justice and the limits of forgiveness in Argentinap. 114
The quest for reconciliation through truth telling in Chilep. 139
Intractable politics without truth or forgiveness : the case of Northern Irelandp. 164
The promise of reconciliation through truth and some forgiveness in South Africap. 187
Conclusion : toward a theory of political forgivenessp. 211
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ISBN: 9780742535817
ISBN-10: 0742535819
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39