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an uninteresting diatribe,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Invention of Ancient Israel: The Silencing of Palestinian History (Paperback)
I found this book to be a predictable and rather uninteresting diatribe. A better title might have been "The Invention of Ancient Palestine" for that is what this book seeks to achieve. So much is missing from its hitorical treatment: Consider for instance, the fact, that when the Romans destroyed jerusalem in the first century AD, this feat was commemorated by the minting of special coins, with the image of a jew, crying under a palm tree, and bearing the words "Judae Capta" - Judea Captured! Archaeologists and historians are aware of how great a feat the ancient Romans considered their destruction of the Jewish kingdom - of ancient Israel. Or flick through a copy of BAR (Biblical Archaeology Review) - and look at the numerous findings of the ancient clay seals of the early judean kings. The seal of King Hezekiah (727-698 BC) is quite impressive. The iconography and incription on these seals provides great evidence of the strength and power of ancient Israel; in short, of its reality. But this book does not merely offend against science and history. It is in fact guilty of the very crimes that it accuses others of: It is a blatant attempt to erase Jewish history and the very real historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. It stems from a distorted world view, and though works such as these are written not for the benefit of history, but of politics, I can only suggest that such desperate efforts to rewrite and erase the Jewish tradition are obstacles to peace and understanding.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2009 22:09:01 BDT
Jm Leven says:
this review is just dishonest zionist propaganda. I'm reasonably sure he hasn't even seen the book much less read it.
Posted on 15 Oct 2009 19:11:35 BDT
S A Moran says:
Minimalists doubt that a homogenous ethnicity qualified as 'Jewish' existed before 167 BCE. Judea is a Toponym and not an ethnographic designation.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2009 08:55:04 BDT
Michael Walls says:
Well it's interesting. The argument or thesis in the book is not whether a Palestinian nation existed prior to an ancient Israeli nation but that concept of nation is the very modern prism or discourse through which such spuriious constructions as Israeli or Palestinian historical nationhood are reified. It is interesting to note too how the reviewer assumes a default Judean presence a priori which others separate categories of people were able to be incorporated into. Now, what the author does not doubt is a Jewish or Arab historical link but not a national-religious metahistorical link which, let's face it, was the premis of Zionism and justified the various Aliyahs.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2009 08:58:04 BDT
Michael Walls says:
Quite, you have hit the nail on the head. it requires a certain degree of imagination to make common-sense connections between the categories you refer to.
Posted on 18 Jan 2016 06:49:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2016 06:49:55 GMT
Mr. P. R. Stanbridge says:
I thought it was the existence of the Jewish tradition that is actually main cause of the obstacles to peace and understanding. This review sounds more like Christian apologetics but maybe Jewish. The existence of such tablets in ancient Palestine no more vouches historical accuracies of the OT nation state as historical records as any of the other accounts dug up in Palestine from other kingdoms as they conform more to literary form than modern historiography. Anyway this review has certainly indicated to me that I would like to read it.
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