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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].

Now, thingswere different,the Israeli-Palestinian There was no of of a sense ignored. Gone were the cacti andwells. Dirtpathshadbeen replaced by paved roads, slow-moving camels by speeding cars. Israeli modernizationhad blotted out all sign of the biblical past. Writer Amos Keinan, who belonged to the '48 generation and adhered to the 91. Al Ha-Medina Ve-Ha-Sifrut,Du-Siah D. Ben-Gurionand H. 1962, no. 1, October 1962. 92. , pp. 673-674. 93. See, for example, Amos Oz, "Ir Zara"[ForeignCity], Be-Or Ha-TkheletHa-Aza [In the Strong Blue Light], Jerusalem:Keter, 1990, pp.

Secularright-wingers(such as the late MK RehavamZe'evi, philosophyprofessor Joseph Ben Shlomo) and Gush Emunimfigures (HananPorat;Yoel Bin Nun) rebuffed Herzog's thesis by questioning the reliability of his results. Groundedin humanistZionism and treatingthe Bible as the basis of Hebrew culture,a work sanctified for thousandsof years by the Jewish people, they did not feel thatHerzog'sdisclosuresposed a threatto Israeliidentity. Nor did they see anythingnew in the fact that the biblical tales may not be historicallyaccurateor thatsome of them may be a mere set of legends thatreflect how the people at the end of the FirstTempleperiod interpretedIsrael'sorigins.

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