The idea of the Jewish nation was conceived before the organization of the Zionist movement in the nineteenth century and continued long after the creation of the state of Israel. In The Words and the Land, post-Zionist Israeli historian Shlomo Sand examines how both Jewish and Israeli intellectuals contributed to this process.
This is a really good video, a must see fo anyone interested in Jewish identity. Hear Shlomo Sand talk about the first time he discovered the story of 'Exodus' was a myth rather than a fact of history. This talk takes place during a book launch in London, England for Shlomo Sand's second book titled, the Invention of the Land of Israel, the sequel to his first book titled, the Invention of the Jewish People. Shlomo Sand reveals the identities of the Englishmen behind the push for the creation of the nation, we now call Israel.
Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand
"About a fifth of this book shows how Biblical criticism and archaeological discoveries have undermined the reliability of the Hebrew Bible as history. Archaeology, among other things, has played havoc with the chronology of the Bible, especially in connection with the invasion of Canaan, nor has it found any evidence that would support the story of the Exodus or the splendour of Solomon's kingdom.
But the main subject of the book is the denial that there is such a thing as the Jewish People, descended from the inhabitants of Biblical Palestine from which they have been scattered, and that they are a nation which has now returned to the land of its ancestors. This undermines one of the principal arguments with which the State of Israel legitimizes itself."
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland by Shlomo Sand
"Shlomo Sand does it again. After his ground breaking "Invention of the Jewish People", this new book deconstructs the idea that Israel is the homeland of all Jews and calls Zionism into question by showing that the holy land is not the homeland that the Jewish people long for.