By Mira Morgenstern
Current conflicts in either nationwide and foreign arenas have undermined the traditional, natural thought of nationhood as conventionally espoused within the 19th century. Conceiving a kingdom argues that the fashionable realizing of the state as a contested concept—as the fabricated from a fluid and ongoing strategy of negotiation open to more than a few livable solutions—is really rooted within the Bible.
This ebook attracts recognition to the contribution that the Bible makes to political discourse concerning the state. The Bible is especially compatible 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 realizing of other versions of political improvement for various countries, and it depicts changing suggestions of nationwide id through the years.
In this e-book, Morgenstern reads the Bible because the resource of a dynamic critique of the guidelines 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 few universal topics, reminiscent of 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 reputation of recent claims to nationhood.
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Conceiving a Nation: The Development of Political Discourse in the Hebrew Bible by Mira Morgenstern