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5. 70. , pp. 5-6. 71. Ibid,ibid. 72. Ibid. 73. 1960. 25 Anita Shapira satirical vignette by entertainersArik Einstein and Uri Zohar immortalizedthe pompousnessof the judges and their obsession with trivia. In Israel'sevolving identity in the 1950s, the Bible exerteda palpablepresence in culturallife. Written by Moshe Shamir,a prominentwriterof the '48 generation,it paved the way for his next book, Kivsat Ha-Rash [The Poor Man'sEwe76],on Uriahthe Hittite. Yetanotherimportantwriter,JosephAricha,published the historical novel, Sanheriv Bi-Yehuda[Sennacheribin Judea].

The literal sense, which in the past had been attenuatedby Oral Law or, accordingto secular-Zionistlights, by a humanist, universalworldview,was embracedby religious Zionism as legitimacy for a raw nationalismdecreed from on high. Religious-nationalism'sappropriationof the Bible was concomitant with two otherprocesses: the slow but sure infiltrationof traditionalcommentaryinto secular Bible teaching and the waning of the ideological era. Althoughin the publicarenathe Bible enjoyedthe status of a secularnationalwork, at the state school level there had been a growing tendencyto readit as a sacredtext andput God back into it.

77. Jacob Fichmann,"Ha-MikraKe-Nosseh Le-Shira"[The Bible as a Subject of Poetry], Sla 'imBi-Yerushalayim[Stones in Jerusalem],Tel Aviv: Dvir, 1952, pp. 9-15. 78. 1988. 26 The Bible and Israeli Identity for and dying for. BenGurion'sappearancebeforethe Society forthe Explorationof the Landof Israeland its Antiquities,and his assertionthat archeologycontemporizesthe biblical past, were the signal for the young to startshowing an interestin the field. Moshe Dayan, anotherChief of Staff, was a swornamateurarcheologist,once even almost losing his life on a dig.

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