The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought by Katell Berthelot

The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought

byKatell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, Marc Hirshman

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The gift of the land of Israel by God is an essential element in Jewish identity, religiously and politically. That the gift came at the expense of the local Canaanites has stimulated deep reflections and heated debate in Jewish literature, from the creation of the Bible to the twenty-firstcentury.Israel and Canaan offers nineteen essays on this moral dilemma by renowned international experts in the history of Jewish thought. The essays examine the theological, ethical, and political issues connected with the gift and with the fate of the Canaanites, focusing on classical Jewish texts andmajor Jewish commentators, legal thinkers, and philosophers from ancient times to the present. The volume sheds light on Jewish exegetical and intellectual creativity in developing interpretive and philosophical strategies to cope with the problem, and will enable a greater understanding of the longhistory of Jewish reflection on the issue of Israel's sovereignty over the land and its relationship with non-Jewish inhabitants.

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Katell Berthelot is Associate Professor at The National Center for Scientific Research at Aix-Marseille University. Joseph David is Senior Lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Sapir Academic College, Associate Faculty Member of Oriental Studies at The University of Oxford, and Research Fellow at the Minerva Humanities Ce...

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Title:The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAbbreviationsKatell Berthelot, Joseph E. David and Marc Hirshman: IntroductionDwelling in the Land: Theological and Ethical Issues1. Nili Wazana: 'Everything was fulfilled' versus 'the Land that still remains:' Contrasting Conceptions of the Fulfillment of the Promise in the Book of Joshua2. Michael Avioz: Land Theology in Josephus: A Reappraisal3. Ishay Rosen-Zvi: Idolatry and the Biblical Concept of Herem in Tannaitic Midrash -4. Menahem Kister: The Emergence of the Polemic Concerning the Fate of the Canaanites: Motives and Motifs5. Meira Polliack and Marzena Zawanowska: ''God would not give the Land, but to the obedient'': The Response of Mediaeval Karaite Exegetes to the Curse of Canaan in Genesis 96. Menachem Kellner: And Yet, the Texts Remain: The Problem of the Command to Destroy the Canaanites7. Joseph E. David: Land, Territory and Divine Law: Nahmanides' Idea of the Lord's Land8. Yoram Jacobson: The Relation between the Land of Canaan and the Land of Israel according to the Hasidic School of Gur9. Matthias Morgenstern: The Biblical Conquest of Canaan in the Eyes of German-Jewish OrthodoxyThe Changing Uses of the Category ''Canaanites''10. Katell Berthelot: Where May Canaanites Be Found? Canaanites, Phoenicians and Others in Jewish Texts from the Hellenistic and Roman Period11. Eyal Ben Elyahu: The Rabbinic Perception of the Presence of the Canaanites in the Land of Israel12. Evyatar Marienberg: ''Canaanites'' in Medieval Jewish Households13. Paul Fenton: The Canaanites of Africa: The Origins of the Berbers according to Medieval Muslim and Jewish Authors14. David Ohana: The Israeli Identity and the Canaanite OptionThe Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in the Modern Context of the Construction of the State of Israel15. Dov Schwartz: The Conquest of Eretz Israel and the Seven Nations in Religious-Zionist Thought16. Zeev Harvey: Rabbi Reines on the Conquest of Canaan and Zionism17. Avinoam Rosenak: The Conquest of the Land of Israel and Associated Moral Questions in the Teachings of Rabbi Kook and His Disciples: Thoughts in Light of the Book Herev Pipiyot Be-Yadam18. Baruch Alster: R. Moshe Feinstein on Milhemet Mitzvah: Halakhah, Morality, and Exegesis19. Annabel Herzog: The Fate of the Canaanites and the State of Israel in the Philosophy of Emmanuel LevinasIndex of Sources