The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to by Shlomo Sand

By Shlomo Sand

What's a place of origin, and whilst does it develop into a countrywide territory? Why have such a lot of humans been prepared to die for them through the 20th century? what's the essence of the Promised Land?Following the acclaimed and debatable Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has turn into the positioning of the longest operating nationwide fight of the twentieth-century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that proceed to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the idea that of ‘historical correct’ and tracks the discovery of the fashionable geopolitical thought of the ‘Land of Israel’ via 19th cntury Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not just facilitated the colonization of the center East and the institution of the nation of israel; it's also what's threatening the life of the Jewish kingdom at the present time.

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After all, I had lived in Israel almost my entire life and, frightened by the prospect of being killed, worried I might never return. Although I was lucky and, through great effort, made it home alive, my fear of never again returning to the place I had left behind ultimately proved correct, albeit in a way I could never have imagined at the time. The day after the battle at Abu Tor, those of us who had not been killed or wounded were taken to visit the Western Wall. Weapons cocked, we walked cautiously through the silent streets.

He was not the least bit Zionist, but rather an ultraorthodox observant Jew. There-fore, in addition to his tickets for the voyage, he also took along a tombstone. Like other good Jews of the day, he intended not to live in Zion but to be buried on the Mount of Olives. According to an eleventh-century midrash, the resurrection of the dead would begin on this elevated hill located across from Mount Moriah, where the Temple once stood. My elderly great-grandfather, whose name was Gutenberg, sold all his possessions and invested all he had in the journey, leaving not a penny to his children.

This linguistic appellation may have also emerged from a deep fear of the growing strength of the Jewish center in Babylonia and its increasing pull on the intellectuals of Judea. However, as suggested above, the Christian or rabbinical incarnation of the term is not identical in meaning to the term as employed in the context of the Jewish connection to the territory in the age of nationalism. Like the ancient and medieval concepts of “people of Israel,” “chosen people,” “Christian people,” and “God’s people”—which meant something completely different from the meanings assigned today to modern peoples—so, too, do the biblical “Promised Land” and “Holy Land” of the Jewish and Christian traditions bear no resemblance to the Zionist homeland.

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