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By Shlomo Sand

A historic journey de strength, The Invention of the Jewish People deals a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli heritage. Exploding the parable that there has been a compelled Jewish exile within the first century by the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that almost all sleek Jews descend from converts, whose local lands have been scattered around the center East and japanese Europe.

In this iconoclastic paintings, which spent nineteen weeks at the Israeli bestseller checklist and gained the coveted Aujourd’hui Award in France, Sand offers the highbrow foundations for a brand new imaginative and prescient of Israel’s destiny.

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10:11). "Them" most likely refers back to the gentiles, and the message is given of their language. In Ezekiel, God says: "Thus will I amplify myself, and sanctify myself; and that i should be identified within the eyes of many countries, they usually shall recognize that i'm the Lord" (Ezek. 38:23). The final days are defined therefore in Zephaniah: "For then will I flip to the folks a natural language, that they could all name upon the identify of the Lord, to serve him with one consent" (Zeph. 3:9). Zechariah says, "Yea, many folks and robust countries shall come to hunt the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to wish prior to the Lord. hence saith the Lord of hosts; In these days it shall come to go, that ten males shall take carry out of all languages of the international locations, even shall grasp the skirt of him that may be a Jew, asserting, we'll opt for you: for now we have heard that God is with you" (Zech. 8:22-3). the writer of the booklet of Psalms sings ecstatically, "O clap your palms, all ye humans; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord such a lot excessive is negative; he's an outstanding King over the entire earth" (Ps. 47:1-2), and "O bless our God, ye humans, and make the voice of his compliment to be heard" (Ps. 66:8), and "Declare his glory one of the heathen, his wonders between every body" (Ps. 96:3). a number of different verses convey the preaching, exhortatory aspect of the 1st Jewish monotheism that addressed the gentiles. The previous testomony, having been written via many authors after which edited and reedited by means of others over decades, is stuffed with contradictions. for each expression of contempt, rejection or superiority over the gentiles, there's additionally sermonizing, occasionally sophisticated and occasionally specific. The critical booklet of Deuteronomy, for example, instructs very firmly, "Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt now not provide unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto your son ... For thou artwork a holy humans unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath selected thee to be a different humans unto himself, principally people who are upon the face of the earth" (Deut. 7:3, 6). but the heroes of biblical mythology missed those divine prohibitions—Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon are all proven as fanatics of gentile girls who by no means to transform their selected spouses. Abraham lived fortunately THE INVENTION OF THE EXILE 153 with Hagar until eventually pressured via Sarah to ship her away; Joseph took the Egyptian Aseneth to spouse; David married a princess of Geshur; and Solomon, the good lover, had no qualms approximately taking Edomite, Sidonite, Ammonite and Moabite ladies, between others. whilst those tales have been written, no matter if through the Persian or Hellenistic interval, a kid's spiritual and communal id used to be no longer made up our minds via the mum, and obviously the nameless authors have been unperturbed through this factor. The oldest extrabiblical facts of individuals having followed the Jewish faith, or elements of it, is located in files from the Sumerian urban of Nippur, relationship from the Persian interval. In those records, numerous of the paternal names are usually Babylonian, while their kid's names tend to be Hebrew.

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