By Yael Feldman

ISBN-10: 0804759022

ISBN-13: 9780804759021

Glory and Agony is the 1st heritage of the moving attitudes towards nationwide sacrifice in Hebrew tradition over the past century. Its element of departure is Zionism's obsessive preoccupation with its haunting "primal scene" of sacrifice, the near-sacrifice of Isaac, as evidenced in wide-ranging resources from the domain names of literature, artwork, psychology, philosophy, and politics. by way of putting those resources in dialog with twentieth-century pondering on human sacrifice, violence, and martyrdom, this learn attracts a posh photo that gives a number of, occasionally contradictory insights into the genesis and gender of nationwide sacrifice.

Extending again over millennia, this research reveals retellings of biblical and classical narratives of sacrifice, either enacted and aborted, voluntary and violent, male and female—Isaac, Ishmael, Jephthah's daughter, Iphigenia, Jesus. Glory and Agony strains the delivery of nationwide sacrifice out of the ruins of spiritual martyrdom, exposing the sacred underside of Western secularism in Israel as elsewhere.

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