The Invention of the Jewish People
by Shlomo Sand
Editor: Verso Books
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All modern nation-states have a history, of their origins, transmitted through two languages and popular culture, and still some of these accounts have proved that discord and influential that the Israeli national mythsThe well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans in the first century A. D., and the cultural and racial affirmation of continuity through the Jewish people of today, which resonates far beyond Israel’s borders.In spite of its use as a justification for Jewish settlement in Palestine and the Greater Israel project, there has been little scholarly research into the historical accuracy of the whole history.In this bold and ambitious new book, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israelis national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times, when Jewish, historians, scholars as in many other cultures, reconstituted to the imaginary people in order to establish a model of the future of the nation.The sand has dissected the official history and shows the construction of a nationalist myth and the collective mystification that this requires.A best-seller in Israel and France, Shlomo Sables book has provoked a vast and lively debate.If the Jewish people consider themselves to be genetically distinct and identifiable throughout the millennia or must the doctrine of being left behind and if the myth of the Jewish state is dismantled, could it open a path to a more inclusive state of Israel, the content within its borders…?
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