The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (review)

The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (review) The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010. 250 pp. $26.00. In their book, The Chosen Peoples, Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz have provided an insightful and interesting account of chosenness by their analyses of the ways in which belief in divine election has impacted both Israel and America. The authors argue that throughout history, only these "two nations stand out for the fundamental, continuous, and enduring quality of their convictions and the intense seriousness" (p. xiv) of their belief in their divine election. Their interesting book begins with the question of the meaning and development of chosenness among the ancient Jews which, according to the authors, "is a story of covenants with God that made them simultaneously a people, a nation, and a religion" (p. 2). The result of this complication has been that Jews have ever since had to deal with the meaning of "chosenness" and which, or all, of the foci on peoplehood, nationhood, or religion to emphasize. Throughout Jewish history, each of these alternatives has, at one time or another, been propounded. Moreover, Zionism, as a significant element in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010. 250 pp. $26.00. In their book, The Chosen Peoples, Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz have provided an insightful and interesting account of chosenness by their analyses of the ways in which belief in divine election has impacted both Israel and America. The authors argue that throughout history, only these "two nations stand out for the fundamental, continuous, and enduring quality of their convictions and the intense seriousness" (p. xiv) of their belief in their divine election. Their interesting book begins with the question of the meaning and development of chosenness among the ancient Jews which, according to the authors, "is a story of covenants with God that made them simultaneously a people, a nation, and a religion" (p. 2). The result of this complication has been that Jews have ever since had to deal with the meaning of "chosenness" and which, or all, of the foci on peoplehood, nationhood, or religion to emphasize. Throughout Jewish history, each of these alternatives has, at one time or another, been propounded. Moreover, Zionism, as a significant element in

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Sep 13, 2012

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