The Invention of Ancient Israel
The Silencing of Palestinian History
By (author) Keith W. Whitelam
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Invention of Ancient Israel by Keith W. Whitelam
Book DescriptionThe Invention of Ancient Israel shows how the history of ancient Palestine has been obscured by the search for Israel. Keith W. Whitelam argues that ancient Israel has been invented by scholars in the image of a European nation state. He explores the theological and political assumptions which have shaped research into ancient Israel by Biblical scholars, and contributed to the vast network of scholarship which Said identified as 'Orientalist discourse'. Keith W. Whitelam's groundbreaking study argues that Biblical scholars, through their traditional view of this region, have contributed to dispossession of both a Palestinian land and a Palestinian past. This is important reading for historians, biblical specialists, social anthropologists and all those who are interested in the history of ancient Israel and Palestine.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415107594
(216mm x 138mm x 24mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Keith W. Whitelam
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Shows how ancient Israel has been invented by scholars in the image of a European nation state, influenced by the Israeli state created in 1948; Biblical scholars have contibuted to dispossessing the Palestinians of their land and their past.
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Author Biography - Keith W. Whitelam
Keith W. Whitelam is Professor of Religious Studies and Head of Department at the University of Stirling. He is the co-author of The Emergence of Early Israel in Historical Perspective (1987), and has produced a series of articles on ancient Israelite and Palestinian history.
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