Glory and Agony: Isaacs Sacrifice and National Narrative Yael Feldman

ISBN: 9780804759021

Published: September 1st 2010

Hardcover

440 pages


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Glory and Agony: Isaacs Sacrifice and National Narrative  by  Yael Feldman

Glory and Agony: Isaacs Sacrifice and National Narrative by Yael Feldman
September 1st 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 440 pages | ISBN: 9780804759021 | 8.78 Mb

Glory and Agony is the first history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice in Hebrew culture over the last century. Its point of departure is Zionisms obsessive preoccupation with its haunting primal scene of sacrifice, theMoreGlory and Agony is the first history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice in Hebrew culture over the last century.

Its point of departure is Zionisms obsessive preoccupation with its haunting primal scene of sacrifice, the near-sacrifice of Isaac, as evidenced in wide-ranging sources from the domains of literature, art, psychology, philosophy, and politics. By placing these sources in conversation with twentieth-century thinking on human sacrifice, violence, and martyrdom, this study draws a complex picture that provides multiple, sometimes contradictory insights into the genesis and gender of national sacrifice.Extending back over two millennia, this study unearths retellings of biblical and classical narratives of sacrifice, both enacted and aborted, voluntary and violent, male and female—Isaac, Ishmael, Jephthahs daughter, Iphigenia, Jesus.

Glory and Agony traces the birth of national sacrifice out of the ruins of religious martyrdom, exposing the sacred underside of Western secularism in Israel as elsewhere.



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