The Invention of Ancient Israel: The Silencing of Palestinian History

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 281 pages
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The Invention of Ancient Israel shows how the true history of ancient Palestine has been obscured by the search for Israel. Keith W. Whitelam shows how ancient Israel has been invented by scholars in the image of a European nation state, influenced by the realisation of the state of Israel in 1948. 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'.
This study concentrates on two crucial periods from the end of the late Bronze Age to the Iron Age, a so-called period of the emergence of ancient Israel and the rise of an Israelite state under David. It explores the prospects for developing the study of Palestinian history as a subject in its own right, divorced from the history of the Bible, and argues that Biblical scholars, through their traditional view of this area, have contributed to dispossession both of a Palestinian land and a Palestinian past.
This contoversial book 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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This book is about the politicization of history. Whitelam shows how the study of ancient Israel, long in the domain of biblical studies, is a construct that denies indigenous cultures their voice in ... Read full review

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Albeit a monograph invested in biblical studies, this book puts forward explosive conclusions anybody interested in Palestine will find important. Read full review

Contents

THE SILENCING OF PALESTINIAN HISTORY
1
PARTIAL TEXTS AND FRACTURED HISTORIES
11
DENYING SPACE AND TIME TO PALESTINIAN HISTORY
37
INVENTING ANCIENT ISRAEL
71
THE CREATION OF AN ISRAELITE STATE
122
THE CONTINUING SEARCH
176
RECLAIMING PALESTINIAN HISTORY
223
Notes
238
Bibliography
262
Index
277
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About the author (1996)

Keith W. Whitelam is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies 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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