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
Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.