In Search of the Hebrew People

Bible and Nation in the German Enlightenment

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Ofri Ilany
German Jewish Cultures
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , April
     2018.
     224 pages.
     $55.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780253033512.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

As German scholars, poets, and theologians searched for the origins of the ancient Israelites, Ofri Ilany believes they created a model for nationalism that drew legitimacy from the biblical idea of the Chosen People. In this broad exploration of eighteenth-century Hebraism, Ilany tells the story of the surprising role that this model played in discussions of ethnicity, literature, culture, and nationhood among the German-speaking intellectual elite. He reveals the novel portrait they sketched of ancient Israel and how they tried to imitate the Hebrews while forging their own national consciousness. This sophisticated and lucid argument sheds new light on the myths, concepts, and political tools that formed the basis of modern German culture.

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

Ofri Ilany is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

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