[Marxism] Review of Shlomo Sand's new book

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Apr 18 08:48:25 MDT 2013

On Apr 18, 2013, at 9:21 AM, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> A deservedly positive review.
>> Donald Sasson reviews Sand's new book in his prospective trilogy on  
>> Israel
>> and Jewish history.

It may have some value as an anti-Zionist screed, but this review  
makes it seem near worthless as a history of the Jewish people.  The  
ultra-violence of the Conquest narratives is presented as the  
invention of much later propagandists rather than the mythologized  
account of a period of unprecedented natural catastrophes--disasters  
that were then (just as now for much lesser disasters) conceptualized  
as "Acts of God." One need only mention the devastations ("Plagues")  
of the Exodus, the fall of the walls of Jericho (associated with the  
goddess-demon Rahab), or the "Long Day of Joshua" interruption of the  
Earth's rotation (accompanied by a rain of meteorites--"barad stones")  
at the "battle of Beth Horon."

And what are we to make of the absurd claim that " Biblical "Israel"  
is only northern Israel (Samaria) and there never was a united kingdom  
including both ancient Judea and Samaria."  Samuel II and Kings I are  
not mythologies or inventions.  They are straight narrative history,  
and describe both the       formation and the breakup of the United  
Monarchy in clear, materialist, historical terms.  To deny the very  
existence of a united kingdom (Saul, David, Schelomo) is to wipe out  
the first example in all recorded history of a popular revolution--the  
revolt of "all Israel," led by Jeroboam (adopted name meaning fighter  
for the people) against the tyranny of Schelomo and his successor  
Rehoboam.  Sand evidently was only too happy to adopt the rotten  
conclusions of a chronologically-challenged mainstream archaeology as  
a weapon against the Zionists, at whatever cost to historical truth  
and historical understanding!

Shane Mage
"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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