Ancient Zionism: The Biblical Origins of the National Idea

4.25 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780029023525: Ancient Zionism: The Biblical Origins of the National Idea

The ancient Hebrews, Erlich argues, invented a unique basis for social unity by forging an imaginative link between religion (or law), literary culture, and the specific land of Israel. In this conception, the land, the law, and the people of Israel are one, a living metaphor expressed in the idea of Zion. The unity of land, law, and literature created by the Hebrews has been one of the most potent historical metaphors ever devised, strong enough to maintain a sense of national identity among Jews for over two thousand years. Without this Jewish literary culture, Erlich argues, there could have been no state of Israel, no matter what efforts were made by modern Zionist ideologues. This book reads the ancient text with ancient eyes that make it startling and fresh for those conditioned to the "modern" view of national identity as based on either race or ideology. Modern Zionism, like modern nationalism generally, is a drastically impoverished descendant of this original Jewish nationalism, and Erlich concludes that many problems not only of Israel but of all modern nations struggling to define themselves in a changing world really stem from the loss of this vigorous ancient alternative.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Library Journal:

While modern Zionism was an outgrowth of 19th-century nationalist movements, the ties of the Jewish people to the land of Israel can be traced to the Bible. In a creative, inventive, and ingenious fashion, psychotherapist Erlich develops a biblical interpretation that focuses predominantly on the spiritual dimensions that bonded the ancient Israelites to their land. He postulates that the spiritual genius of ancient Israel, such as the concept of monotheism, flourished through an association of the people and the land, which was ideological as well as physical. His articulate retelling of the biblical stories to reflect his hypothesis is refreshingly literary-rather than literal. Though his major premises regarding biblical redaction are provocative and controversial, his conclusion that the biblical vision of Zionism can be a blueprint for peace is universally laudable. Highly recommended for stimulating reading.
Carol R. Glatt, Philadelphia VA Medical Ctr.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Erlich, Avi
Published by Free Press, U.S.A. (1995)
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
monobooks
(Livingston, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. First edition 1995, first printing, numbers line starts with 1. Hardcover with DJ in mylar taped to boards. Condition as new, square tight and crisp book, no edgewear, no names no underlinings no highlights , no bent page corners, Not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no tears, no chips, Price Not clipped. 8vo, 277 pages, index. Bookseller Inventory # 015317

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Avi Erlich
Published by Free Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0029023521

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Erlich, Avi
Published by Free Press
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
WCC Corp.
(Moorpark, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0029023521 New book. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # E4-128

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.69
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Erlich, Avi
Published by Free Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0029023521

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Avi Erlich
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800290235251.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Erlich, Avi
Published by Free Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110029023521

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Erlich, Avi
Published by Free Press (1994)
ISBN 10: 0029023521 ISBN 13: 9780029023525
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booked Again
(Summit, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Free Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-001-12-4512004

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds