The paperback edition of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of Jewish People will be published this summer in the UK, and is already available in the US:
For the Palestine Chronicle, Jim Miles praised the book as
With well supported historical references, Sand indicates that Jewish communities existed outside Israel, not because of an exile/diaspora, but because of proselytizing and conversion…
This is a highly thought provoking and perhaps, for many, an antagonistic examination of the “nation” of Israel…
The Invention of the Jewish People is very well written and argued, taking a lot of mind work to assimilate the ideas and their implications. … Within Israel, the book remained on the best-sellers’ list for nineteen weeks, and in spite of what Sand has written, it ironically became part of the claim that Israel is democratic, as it allows such challenging works to be written, read, and discussed. Regardless, ideas once expressed become part of the national discourse, and this book may open up a new line of revisionist historians able to examine the reality of their past.
Read the full article here.
John Campbell reviews Sand’s book for Reform, the magazine of the United Reformed Church:
In The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand, an Israeli historian at Tel Aviv University, investigates the way that the potent biblical stories about Ancient Israel and the long history of the Jewish people have been re-worked into a crucial back story for modern-day Israel. Unsurprisingly, he has stirred up a mighty storm. Yet the book is gentle, thoughtful and very readable…
this book is important for anyone who cares about the Middle East or who engages in any form of Bible story-shaping themselves. Read it and see.
The review will be available in the next issue of Reform (June 2010).