Back to 10 Published by Princeton University Press. There is also evidence that in antiquity and the first millennium Judaism was a proselytizing religion that even used force on occasion. When persecuted, as they were in the tsarist empire, they much preferred to flee to the new lands of immigration such as Argentina and the United States, than to the Promised Land.
I could not go on living without writing this book p. The Israeli Declaration of Independence states: Even the establishment Zionist historians such as Walter Laqueur and David Vital were emphatic that the nationalist impulse was largely dormant, if not moribund, until Herzl came on the scene.
Mixing respected scholarship with dubious theories, the author, Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv University, frames the narrative as a startling exposure of suppressed historical facts.
Sometimes myths persist despite clear contradictory evidence because people feel the story embodies a deeper truth than the facts. Lawrence H. But Schorske, and even Herzl, evince infinitely more historical savvy than Sand. The translated version of his polemic has sparked a new wave of coverage in Britain and has provoked spirited debates online and in seminar rooms.
Most popular. Michael Berkowitz Leiden, 2004 , pp. Schiffman, chairman of the Skirball department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, said most historians agree that over a period of centuries, Middle Eastern Jews — merchants, slaves and captives, religious and economic refugees — spread around the world. This appeared in 1983. Invalid email address.
Tell us what you think. With some exceptions, The Invention of the Jewish People has been ardently embraced by those who wish to either weaken or totally undermine the relationship between Jews, Zionism, and the territory that became the State of Israel. View all New York Times newsletters. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box.
Nearly a century ago, early Zionists and Arab nationalists touted the blood relationship as the basis of a potential alliance in their respective struggles for independence. Of all of the sins of modern Israel, putting their historians in intellectual straight-jackets and censoring their writing is not high on the list. But it remains an extremely attractive theory to those who maintain that there is no connection whatsoever between Jewry, historically, and Palestine.
What accounts for the grasp that some misconceptions maintain on popular consciousness, or the inability of historical truths to gain acceptance?
Yiddish was, at most, the language of Ashkenazi Jews. Books challenging biblical and conventional history continually pop up, but what distinguishes the dispute over origins from debates about, say, the reality of the exodus from Egypt or the historical Jesus, is that it is so enmeshed in geopolitics.
He does not, for instance, grasp the extent to which much of this work, such as that pioneered by Tudor Parfitt, explicitly contradicts the absurd notion of a 'Jewish race'.