Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press 社会科学文献出版社, October 2022
About the book: This book presents an innovative study of the theme of Jewish national identity from a unique perspective. Starting from the narratives of Hebrew classical literature, exile and return, the Israeli state and multiculturalism, the Holocaust, and Eastern Jewry, it is the first book in China to examine the dynamic relationship between Hebrew literature and the construction of the Jewish national identity and the Israeli state, and to interpret Jewish national consciousness, which is a significant breakthrough in terms of methodology.
This pioneering work not only makes a thorough analysis of a dozen of Hebrew texts, but also provides a deep survey of how Hebrew literature has been an important support in the process of Jewish national revival, and serves the current needs of Jewish nation-building and plays an important role in the shaping of national identity. It also discusses the impact of multicultural tensions on the Israeli state and different groups of the Jewish people. The interpretation of the Eastern Jewish narrative fills in the gaps in domestic research in China which is particularly groundbreaking.
About the author: Zhong Zhiqing was a HYI Visiting Scholar from 2011-12.