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Judaism and its Social Metaphors: Israel in the History of Jewish Thought

ISBN13: 9780521354714
ISBN: 0521354714
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $109.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Edition 1ST
Pages: 272
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The current crisis in Palestine is only the most recent manifestation of Israel's historical significance to the Jewish people. Jacob Neusner examines the crucial role of the definition of Israel in the history of Judaic thought. He argues that Judaic sages have constructed various metaphoric images of Israel--as family, as chosen people, as a nation--in order to express changing theological concerns as the religion evolved. The history of the definition of Israel is revealed as the reflection of the history of Judaism itself. This is a bold and original interpretation of the way in which Jews, as well as other peoples, define themselves.