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    DescriptionWhat has the land of Israel meant for the Jewish imagination? This book provides a lively and readable answer, covering Biblical times to the present. Its aim is to pierce the mystery of the images of Israel, to grasp their meaning and function, to trace their origins and history, and to resituate in historical terms the fertile mythology that has peopled and continues to people the Jewish imagination, interposing a screen between a people and their land. Describing the real, however, is not sufficient to disqualify the myths. The authors believe, with the famous French historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet, that: "Things are not so simple. Myth is not opposed to the real as the false to the true; myth accompanies the real." Today, Israel is an undeniable fact and no longer has to legitimize its existence. It is in the midst of living through the crises of adulthood. The authors simply want to reconstitute and trace the genealogies of these contemporary crises. Only upon a clear understanding of this present and this past can a future be constructed.


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    Title
    Israel, the Impossible Land
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Christophe Attias, By (author) Esther Benbassa, Translated by Susan Emanuel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804741668
    ISBN 10: 0804741662
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, JFSR1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 956.94
    Ingram Subject Code: RJ
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    Libri: I-RJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 56
    BISAC V2.8: REL040000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 296.31173, 296.3/1173
    LC classification: BM729.P3 A8813 2003
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    Edition statement
    Second.
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    20 December 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Professor Jean-Christophe Attias holds the chair of the History of Rabbinic Culture at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne. Professor Esther Benbassa holds the chair of Modern Jewish History at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne. Her books translated into English are: "Haim Nahum: A Sephardic Chief Rabbi in Politics" (1995); "The Jews of France: A History from Antiquity to the Present" (1999); and, with Aron Rodrigue, "A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe" (1998) and "Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries" (2000).
    Review quote
    "Jean-Christophe Attias and Esther Benbassa have written an elegant and erudite book demonstrating the complex relationship to the land of Israel throughout Jewish history." - American Historical Review
    Back cover copy
    "Jean-Christophe Attias and Esther Benbassa have written an elegant and erudite book demonstrating the complex relationship to the land of Israel throughout Jewish history."--American Historical Review
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    What has the land of Israel meant for the Jewish imagination? This book provides a lively and readable answer, covering Biblical times to the present. Its aim is to pierce the mystery of the images of Israel, to grasp their meaning and function, to trace their origins and history, and to resituate in historical terms the fertile mythology that has peopled and continues to people the Jewish imagination, interposing a screen between a people and their land. Describing the real, however, is not sufficient to disqualify the myths. The authors believe, with the famous French historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet, that: "Things are not so simple. Myth is not opposed to the real as the false to the true; myth accompanies the real." Today, Israel is an undeniable fact and no longer has to legitimize its existence. It is in the midst of living through the crises of adulthood. The authors simply want to reconstitute and trace the genealogies of these contemporary crises. Only upon a clear understanding of this present and this past can a future be constructed.