By Mira Morgenstern
Current conflicts in either nationwide and foreign arenas have undermined the normal, natural notion of nationhood as conventionally espoused within the 19th century. Conceiving a kingdom argues that the trendy figuring out of the country as a contested concept—as the manufactured from a fluid and ongoing technique of negotiation open to a number livable solutions—is really rooted within the Bible.
This ebook attracts realization to the contribution that the Bible makes to political discourse in regards to the country. The Bible is very like minded to this open-ended discourse as a result of its personal nature as a textual content whose ambiguity and laconic caliber render it always open to new interpretations and appropriate to altering situations. The Bible bargains a pluralistic figuring out of alternative types of political improvement for various countries, and it depicts changing ideas of nationwide id through the years.
In this publication, Morgenstern reads the Bible because the resource of a dynamic critique of the information which are conventionally thought of to be basic to nationwide identification, treating in successive chapters the ethnic (Ruth), the cultural (Samson), the political (Jotham), and the territorial (Esther). all through, she explores a couple of universal topics, similar to the connection of ladies to political authority and the “strangeness” of Israelite political life. within the end, she elucidates how biblical research can relief in popularity of contemporary claims to nationhood.
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Conceiving a Nation: The Development of Political Discourse in the Hebrew Bible by Mira Morgenstern