The Zionist Bible: Biblical precedent, colonialism and the erasure of memory

Masalha, Nur (2013) The Zionist Bible: Biblical precedent, colonialism and the erasure of memory. BibleWorld . Acumen, London. ISBN 9781844656578

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Professor Nur Masalha (Historian and Professor of Religion and Politics and Director of the Centre for Religion and History and Holy Land Research Project at St. Mary's) has just published this new book. The Zionist Bible focuses on the Bible, nationalism. collective memory and the politics of modern archaeology. It explores the ways in which modern political Zionism used the Bible to justify settler-colonialism in Palestine and the renaming of sites in the Holy Land. The book examines how the birth and growth of the State of Israel has been shaped by this Zionist reading of the Bible, how it has refashioned Israeli-Jewish collective consciousness and renamed indigenous, multi-layered Palestinian toponymy. The book also explores how new critical responses to this reading have challenged both Jewish and Palestinian nationalism.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Table of contents Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Framing the Conflict: Instrumentalising the Hebrew Bible and Settler-Colonialism in Palestine 2. Promised Land, Conquest Narratives: Zionism and the Palestine Nakba 3. Archaeology as Civil Religion: Secular Nationalist Ideology, Excavating the Bible and the De-Arabisation of Palestine 4. Colonialist Imagination as a Site of Mimicry and Erasure: The Israeli Renaming Project 5. God's Mapmakers: Jewish Fundamentalism and the Land Traditions of the Hebrew Bible (1967 to Gaza 2013) Conclusion: The New Scholarly Revolution and Reclaiming the Heritage of the Disinherited and Disenfranchised Palestinians Bibliography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zionism; Palestine; Hebrew Bible; Colonialism; Jewish nationalism; Palestinian nationalism; Collective memory; Nakba; Archaeology
Subjects: 200 Religion > 220 Bible
200 Religion > 296 Judaism
900 History & geography > 956 History of the Middle East (Near East)
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 15:20
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:28


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