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Politics of Israel's Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building (Gerhard Pfoh Keith W. Whitelam (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 9781907534829
Politics of Israel's Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building (Gerhard Pfoh Keith W. Whitelam (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013) 9781907534829
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Title: The Politics of Israel's Past: The Bible, Archaeology and Nation-Building

Author: Pfoh, Gerhard Keith W. Whitelam (eds)

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781907534829

Volumes: 1; Pages: xviii, 249

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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, archaeologists, anthropologists and historians, undertake a deconstruction of modern biblical discourses on the Bible?s production and the history of ancient Israel, enabling the exploration of critical approaches to ancient Palestine?s 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 Israel?s 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.ContentsIntroductionEmanuel Pfoh and Keith W. WhitelamSome Reflections on the Politics of Ancient History, Archaeological Practice and Nation-Building in Israel/Palestine, Emanuel PfohTribes, Genealogies and the Composition of the Hebrew Bible, Ingrid HjelmIn Search of Platonic Israel, Philippe WajdenbaumWhat We Do and Do Not Know about Pre-Hellenistic al-Quds, Thomas L. ThompsonThe Faithful Remnant and the Invention of Religio-Ethnic Identity, Firas SawahThe Faithful Remnant and Religious Identity. The Literary Trope of Return: A Reply to Firas Sawah, Thomas L. ThompsonChristian Origins, 'the Land' and the Ideological Scholarly Apparatuses, James G. CrossleyHistory as an Argument for Land Possession, Niels Peter LemcheIsraeli Archaeology in the Old City of Jerusalem, Gideon SulimanyArchaeology in Israel, 1948-1973: Selected Documents, Raz KletterIsrael and Palestine: A Criticism of How to Create and Anchor a Nation-State Archaeologically, Terje OestigaardvBiology as History, Nadia Abu El-HajShaping the History of Palestine: Nationalism and Exclusivity, Keith W. Whitelam
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