God's Sacred Tongue: Hebrew And The American Imagination by Shalom GoldmanGod's Sacred Tongue: Hebrew And The American Imagination by Shalom Goldman

God's Sacred Tongue: Hebrew And The American Imagination

byShalom Goldman

Paperback | March 1, 2014

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In a comprehensive examination of how Christian scholars in the United States received, interpreted, and understood Hebrew texts and the Jewish experience, Shalom Goldman explores Hebraism's relationship to American society. By linking history, theology, and literature from the colonial period through the twentieth century, Goldman illuminates the religious and cultural roots of American interest in the Middle East.

God's Sacred Tongue is structured around a sequence of biographical and intellectual portraits of individuals including Jonathan Edwards, Isaac Nordheimer, Professor George Bush (an ancestor of President George W. Bush), and twentieth-century literary critic Edmund Wilson. Since the colonial period, America has been perceived as a western Promised Land with emotional, spiritual, and physical links to the Promised Land of biblical history. Goldman gives evidence from scholarship, diplomacy, journalism, the history of higher education, and the arts to show that this perception is linked to the role Hebrew and the Bible have played in American cultural history.

The book's final section takes up the story of American Christian Zionism, among whose Protestant adherents political Zionism found much of its strongest support. Religious and cultural figures such as William Rainey Harper and Reinhold Niebuhr are among those who exemplify the centuries-old ties between America, the Land of Promise, and Israel, the Promised Land.

Shalom Goldman is associate professor of Hebrew and Middle Eastern studies at Emory University. He is editor of Hebrew and the Bible in America: The First Two Centuries and author of The Wiles of Women/The Wiles of Men: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife. He also coauthored the libretto of the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten.
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Title:God's Sacred Tongue: Hebrew And The American ImaginationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:366 pages, 9.21 × 6.13 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9.21 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1469614685

ISBN - 13:9781469614687

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In a brilliant and fascinating book, Shalom Goldman recovers the extraordinary story of Hebraic culture in America. He tells a story ranging from university professors of Hebrew (including an earlier George Bush), influential intellectuals (Edmund Wilson) and theologians and social activists (Jonathan Edwards and Reinhold Niebuhr). America's identification with God's own language is a remarkable configuration of religion, politics, and scholarship, and gives us new clues to the unique relationship of Jews and Christians in the United States.--Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College, author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus