[Marxism] Review of Shlomo Sand's new book

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Thu Apr 18 08:56:20 MDT 2013


You remain a Velikovskyan?


On Apr 18, 2013, at 9:48 AM, Shane Mage <shmage at pipeline.com> wrote:

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