Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis
Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis
"It was not the security of biblical Israel’s states, but rather the fear of those states’ collapse, that established a national Jewish consciousness."
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"It was not the security of biblical Israel’s states, but rather the fear of those states’ collapse, that established a national Jewish consciousness."
A conversation with Professor Jacob Wright about his new book "Why the Bible Began", and how it is catastrophe, not victory, that has always defined Judaism.
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Jews, despite what everyone may think, are not a people about celebration. Indeed, argues Jacob Wright in a fascinating new book, we’re a nation that formed its defining narrative around defeat.

Here’s how he put it in an article in Azure a few years ago:

While defeat indeed brought down Israel’s first states (the Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.E., and of …

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