[Marxism] Review of Shlomo Sand's new book
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
>> 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!
"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64
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