Political Theologies in the Holy Land
Israeli Messianism and its Critics
By David Ohana
Routledge – 2009 – 200 pages
Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
This book examines the role of messianism in Zionist ideology, from the birth of the Zionist movement through to the present. Is shows how messianism is not just a religious or philosophical term but a very tangible political practice and theology which has shaped Israeli identity.
The author explores key issues such as:
As the first book to examine the messianism in Israeli debate since the creation of the Israeli state, it will be particularly relevant for students and scholars of Political Science, modern intellectual history, Israel studies, Judaism and messianism.
1. The Rise of Secular Messianism 2. David Ben-Gurion and the Messianic Idea 3. J. L. Talmon, Gershom Scholem and the Price of Messianism 4. Isaiah Leibowitz and the Critique of Canaanite Messianism 5. Israel Eldad and the Nietzschian Hebrew Messianism 6. The Critique of Political Theology
David Ohana is Professor of Modern European History at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He was a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University and the first academic director of the Forum for Mediterranean Cultures at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His books include The Promethean Passion, The Rage of the Intellectuals and the trilogy The Nihilist Order.