The Politics of Israels Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building Emanuel Pfoh

ISBN: 9781907534829

Published: July 15th 2013

Hardcover

270 pages


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The Politics of Israels Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building  by  Emanuel Pfoh

The Politics of Israels Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building by Emanuel Pfoh
July 15th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 270 pages | ISBN: 9781907534829 | 3.55 Mb

It is not uncommon that historical images-presented as simply given, self-evident and even indisputable-are employed in political readings of the past and used as a legitimizing tool. For that reason, the authors of this volume, biblical scholars,MoreIt is not uncommon that historical images-presented as simply given, self-evident and even indisputable-are employed in political readings of the past and used as a legitimizing tool.

For that reason, the authors of this volume, biblical scholars, archaeologists, anthropologists and historians, undertake a deconstruction of modern biblical discourses on the Bibles production and the history of ancient Israel, enabling the exploration of critical approaches to ancient Palestines past, to the history of the peoples of the region, to the history of the biblical text(s) and, last but not least, to the modern political uses of biblical narratives as legitimizing land ownership and nationalisms. Among the topics treated are the appearance of Judaism and its connection to the production of biblical literature, the politics of archaeological practice in Israel, the role of archaeology in the production of nationalist narratives of the past, the relationship between genetic studies and Jewish nationalism, and the prospects for writing critical histories of ancient Palestine beyond biblical images and religious and political aspirations.

Each article illustrates the close relationship between the Bible, archaeology and processes of nation-building in the State of Israel. The Politics of Israels Past concerns itself both with the ways in which contemporary politics affects the knowledge of the past and with the processes by which constructions of an ancient past legitimate modern political situations.



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