The Invention of the ‘Jewish People’

  The Invention of the Jewish People. Shlomo Sand (Author)

… this book shows how Biblical criticism and archaeological discoveries have undermined the reliability of the Hebrew Bible as history. …
… a denial that there is such a thing as the Jewish People, descended from the inhabitants of Biblical Palestine from which they have been scattered, and that they are a nation which has now returned to the land of its ancestors. This undermines one of the principal arguments with which the State of Israel legitimizes itself.
He says that the Jews began to see themselves as an ethnic people, rather than as a religious community, in the 19th century. …


2 Responses to “The Invention of the ‘Jewish People’”

  1. worzzz Says:

    ‘The Invention of the Jewish People‘. A book by Shlomo Sand, Professor of History at Tel Aviv University.

    Sand claims that he began looking for records of the exile from Israel, a constitutive event in Jewish history, but could discover no literature about the Jewish expulsion. His explanation is that no one exiled the people of the country. According to him, the Romans sometimes committed ethnocide but they did not exile peoples. Sand claims that mass exile was not logistically possible until the 20th century.

    Sand argues that most contemporary Jews do not originate from the ancient Land of Israel and that they never existed as a “nation-race” with a common origin. Just as most contemporary Christians and Muslims are the progeny of converted people. … He concludes that the progenitors of the Palestinian Arabs were Jews. …

    Jews thought of themselves as Jews because they shared a common religion not a common ethnic background. …

    In June 2010, an article in Newsweek titled “The DNA Of Abraham’s Children” addresses through genetic analysis the book’s assertion that modern European Jews are descended from Khazars, a Turkic group, and not from the Middle East …

  2. worzzz Says:

    Up until 1946 an Arab People, the Palestinians, had lived for some 1200 years in Palestine, a land bordered by the Mediterranean in the West, and the River Jordan in the East. More recently, they had lived comfortably alongside a small but growing Jewish Community. (Stage 1)

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