Redemption in Zionist Thought and Culture
Was modern Zionism a continuation of traditional Jewish messianic longing or a rebellion against it?
Join Americans for Ben-Gurion University and the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies and uncover some of the deepest questions of Zionism and Jewish culture with BGU’s leading historian, Prof. Arieh Saposnik.
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Prof. Arieh Saposnik is Associate Professor at the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev. A historian of Zionism and Jewish nationalism, Saposnik is interested in the construction of national cultures and identities in the modern world. He is the author of Becoming Hebrew: The Creation of a Jewish National Culture in Ottoman Palestine (Oxford University Press), and of Zionism’s Redemptions: Images of the Past and Visions of the Future in Jewish Nationalism (Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on a book that explores modern efforts to reshape the Jewish relationship to space and place and on an intellectual biography of Joseph Klausner.
Saposnik currently serves as President of the Association for Israel Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Ben-Gurion University, he was the founding director of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA.