Identity and Territory

Jewish Perceptions of Space in Antiquity

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Eyal Ben-Eliyahu
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , April
     2019.
     200 pages.
     $95.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780520293601.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by David Kraemer forthcoming.

Description

Throughout history, the relationship between Jews and their land has been a vibrant, much-debated topic within the Jewish world and in international political discourse. Identity and Territory explores how ancient conceptions of Israel—of both the land itself and its shifting frontiers and borders—have played a decisive role in forming national and religious identities across the millennia. Through the works of Second Temple period Jews and rabbinic literature, Eyal Ben-Eliyahu examines the role of territorial status, boundaries, mental maps, and holy sites, drawing comparisons to popular Jewish and Christian perceptions of space. Showing how space defines nationhood and how Jewish identity influences perceptions of space, Ben-Eliyahu uncovers varied understandings of the land that resonate with contemporary views of the relationship between territory and ideology.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Eyal Ben-Eliyahu is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Haifa.

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