God's Sacred Tongue Paperback

Hebrew and the American Imagination

by Shalom L. Goldman;

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God's Sacred Tongue

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In a comprehensive examination of how Christian scholars in the United States received, interpreted, and understood Hebrew texts and the Jewish experience, Shalom Goldman explores Hebraism's relationship to American society. By linking history, theology, and literature from the colonial period through the twentieth century, Goldman illuminates the religious and cultural roots of American interest in the Middle East. "God's Sacred Tongue" is structured around a sequence of biographical and intellectual portraits of individuals including Jonathan Edwards, Isaac Nordheimer, Professor George Bush (an ancestor of President George W. Bush), and twentieth-century literary critic Edmund Wilson. Since the colonial period, America has been perceived as a western Promised Land with emotional, spiritual, and physical links to the Promised Land of biblical history. Goldman gives evidence from scholarship, diplomacy, journalism, the history of higher education, and the arts to show that this perception is linked to the role Hebrew and the Bible have played in American cultural history. The book's final section takes up the story of American Christian Zionism, among whose Protestant adherents political Zionism found much of its strongest support. Religious and cultural figures such as William Rainey Harper and Reinhold Niebuhr are among those who exemplify the centuries-old ties between America, the Land of Promise, and Israel, the Promised Land.

God's Sacred Tongue by Shalom L. Goldman was published by The University of North Carolina Press in December 2014. The ISBN for God's Sacred Tongue is 9781469614687.

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Details for God's Sacred Tongue

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (December 2014)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages368
Thickness24 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4315239
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