Friday, 10 February 2012

The Invention of Ancient Israel, the Silencing of Palestinian History

by Roy Bard

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Sheffield PSC last night hosted a talk by Professor Keith Whitelam, author of The Invention of Ancient Israel, the Silencing of Palestinian History and Palestine, the Bible and the Imperial Imagination.
Keith Whitelam’s book has caused some controversy in academic circles, as explained by Simon Targett
Like other sceptics, Whitelam, a soft-spoken Quaker with a Lincolnshire lilt, contends that ancient Israel is an invention of modern scholarship. He believes that the picture of a thriving Iron Age Jewish kingdom headed by David and Solomon is “a fiction”. Unlike other sceptics, he goes one key step further, contending that the scholarly debate has been driven by a dominant “biblical discourse” fuelled by a tankful of “unspoken and unacknowledged” assumptions. The main effect, he says, has been “the silencing of Palestinian history”.
According to Whitelam, the history of Palestine has been distorted by the deference shown to the Hebrew Bible. All the great biblical scholars – from the earliest explorers like Edward Robinson through mid-century biblical specialists like the German Albrecht Alt and the American William Albright, to modern scholars like Israel Finkelstein – have been diverted by the search for ancient Israel, and particularly the Davidic empire. This search, he maintains, has sometimes been underpinned by more controversial political assumptions, which have a bearing on the fraught contemporary politics of the Near East.
The audio provides an interesting introductions to the ideas that Professor Whitelam explores in his book, along with some up to date commentary.

In case you missed it:
Jerusalem does not belong to Jewish-Israelis: "The Bible Came From Arabia",
River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
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3 comments:

Dr. Dan said...

You should look into the Jewish/ATEN connection and timeline. The Jews always claim they were "fleeing" Egypt, but Egypt "owned" Palestine at the time of the so-called exodus. How can you "flee" a place by running into It's PROVINCES?
It is the JEWS who are an "invented" people, NOT the Palestinians.

Dr. Dan said...

antiGENTILISM is the cause of the mythical "antisemitism", Humanity did not invent antisemitism, and then sit and wait thousands of years for a Jew to come along, just so Humanity could hate him for absolutely no reason. Judaism codified hate of all NON-Jews into their belief system, and worked hard to EARN the contempt of all Humanity.
Judaism is defined as : XENOPHOBIC TRIBALISM,(Jews often brag about "the tribe") .... Hate and Fear of all NON-members is codified in their belief system. Therefore ...........
Calling a NON-Jew "antisemitic" is the same as calling them sane. Only an INSANE NON-jew would be "prosemitic" since Judaism is absolutely antiGENTILE(non-Jew) and the NON-Jew would be embracing People that HATE them.
--------- end anti-GENTILISM

King of the Paupers said...

Keith Whitelam: He believes that the picture of a thriving Iron Age Jewish kingdom headed by David and Solomon is “a fiction”.
Jct: In his book "Test of Time," David Rohl shows that they're got the Ages in the wrong places. David and Solomon can be found in the Late Bronze Age. Rohl does a great jobh idenfifying them in Pharaoh Ahkenaten's Armana letters. But as long as Keith Whitelam keeps looking for them in the wrong timeline, he'll never see them. One of the greatest books on history I ever read over and over and over again.