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Ancient Zionism: The Biblical Origins of the National Idea
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Nationalism is widely thought to have been a highly destructive and dangerous force in modern politics; most people view it as synonymous with facism. Zionism in particular, an ethnic and religious form of national identity, has been branded by its enemies as a racist ideology. While Zionism has had many defenders, Avi Elrich shows that even its friends have failed to grasp its essence. Zionism is not primarily a form of ethnic or religious ideology. Rather it is — in the original form that is was presented in the Bible by its anonymous redactors — an ingenious poetic conception.
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About the Author
Avi Erlich, formerly a professor of English at the City University of New York, is a practicing psychotherapist.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Beginnings of Intellectual Nationalism
1. Land and Intellect
2. Land and Literacy
3. Land and Law
4. Land and Loot
5. History and Hell
6. David in Zioin
7. Brickkiln and Winepress
8. Ritual in the Land
9. The Wisdom of Solomon
10. Prophecy in the Land
11. Jonah: Landless and Illiterate
12. The Ancient Hatred of Zionism
13. Esther: The Hebrew Mind in Diaspora
15. A Bough Over the Wall
16. Dry Bones: Zion as Tragicomedy
17. Ancient Zionism and Its Modern Competitors
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