By Ilana Pardes
The nation--particularly in Exodus and Numbers--is no longer an summary notion yet relatively a grand personality whose historical past is fleshed out with impressive literary strength. In her leading edge exploration of nationwide mind's eye within the Bible, Pardes highlights the textual manifestations of the metaphor, the various anthropomorphisms in which a collective personality named "Israel" springs to existence. She explores the illustration of communal factors, hidden wants, collective anxieties, the drama and suspense embedded in each one section of the nation's existence: from start in exile, to suckling within the desert, to an extended strategy of maturation that has no certain finish. within the Bible, Pardes indicates, heritage and literature cross hand in hand extra explicitly than in sleek historiography, that's why the Bible serves as a paradigmatic case for studying the narrative base of nationwide structures.
Pardes demands a attention of the Bible's penetrating renditions of nationwide ambivalence. She reads the rebellious behavior of the kingdom opposed to the grain, probing the murmurings of the folk, foregrounding their critique of the professional line. The Bible doesn't offer a homogeneous account of country formation, in response to Pardes, yet particularly finds issues of hysteria among diversified perceptions of the nation's heritage and future.
This clean and wonderfully rendered portrayal of the historical past of old Israel could be of significant curiosity to a person attracted to the Bible, within the interrelations of literature and background, in nationhood, in feminist concept, and in psychoanalysis.