A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews

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A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews is an interdisciplinary rewriting and reinterpretation of four thousand years of Jewish history. It integrates insights from history, archaeology, biblical scholarship, anthropology, sociology and Jewish studies with those of psychoanalysis to achieve a deep understanding of Jewish history. The main thrust of this work is the application of psychoanalytic insight to Jewish history. This includes the evolution of the Hebrew religion as a projective response to the inner ...
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Overview

A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews is an interdisciplinary rewriting and reinterpretation of four thousand years of Jewish history. It integrates insights from history, archaeology, biblical scholarship, anthropology, sociology and Jewish studies with those of psychoanalysis to achieve a deep understanding of Jewish history. The main thrust of this work is the application of psychoanalytic insight to Jewish history. This includes the evolution of the Hebrew religion as a projective response to the inner conflicts produced by the human family; the sociopsychological development of the Israelite kingdoms in Canaan; the fascinating duality of Jewish life in the "Diaspora"; and the emotional ties of the Jews to their idealized motherland from the Babylonian exile to modern political Zionism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611471304
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 850
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 25
Editorial Notes 27
1 Hebrew Origins 31
2 From Child Sacrifice to Circumcision 52
3 Canaan, Greece, and Egypt 65
4 Moses and Monotheism 78
5 Tribal Confederacy 91
6 Judges, Prophets, and Kings 103
7 The Short-Lived Union 115
8 Yahweh-El versus Baal 128
9 The Personal Roots of Religious Revolution 141
10 Tragic Queens 154
11 National Suicide 166
12 Psychotic Prophets? 179
13 Family versus Nation 191
14 Egyptians, Greeks, and Other Jews 205
15 The Myth of Maccabean Independence 226
16 Civil War in Judaea 240
17 Jews, Greeks, and Other Romans 252
18 The Tragedy of Herod the Great 263
19 Prelude to Christianity 276
20 Christianity as Rebirth Fantasy 289
21 Zealous Jewish Self-Destruction 299
22 Messianism and the Inability to Mourn 311
23 Jewish Mysticism and Martyrdom 325
24 Living in the Past 341
25 Franks and Jews 357
26 Arabs, Muslims, and Jews 371
27 Franks and "Saracens" 384
28 Servi Camerae Nostrae 398
29 Mysticism and Union with the Mother 412
30 Crusaders and Kabbalists 429
31 Transgressions and Fantasies 444
32 Adapting to Annihilation 453
33 Strategies of Psychological Survival 466
34 Disputations and Inquisitions 485
35 Inquisitors and Messiahs 507
36 Jewish Renaissance 519
37 Jews, Witches, and the Devil 532
38 Slays, Balts, and Other Jews 543
39 Mystical Messiahs and Fanatical Followers 560
40 Pietists and Saints 574
41 Napoleon and the Jews 589
42 Revolution and Liberalization 599
43 The Battle for the Jewish Self 615
44 German Light, Russian Darkness 632
45 The Golden Land 654
46 "The Land of Zion" 667
47 Zionists, Arabs, and Anti-Semites 682
48 Twentieth-Century Hebrews 688
49 Holocaust 703
50 Israeli Paradoxes 722
Bibliography 729
Index of Names 794
Index of Subjects 823
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