Chosen Peoples

“Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, who hast chosen Israel from all peoples and given him the Law.” Here is no choice of a favourite but of a servant, and when it is added that “from Zion shall the Law go forth” it is obvious what that ...

Author: Israel Zangwill

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732617130

Category: Fiction

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Chosen Peoples

9 Garang had created the Sudan People's Liberation movement (SPLM), the South's dominant political movement and civilian ... In this vein, Chosen Peoples supports Lamin Sanneh's view that religious thought is deeply connected with the ...

Author: Christopher Tounsel

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478013109

Category: History

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On July 9, 2011, South Sudan celebrated its independence as the world's newest nation, an occasion that the country's Christian leaders claimed had been foretold in the Book of Isaiah. The Bible provided a foundation through which the South Sudanese could distinguish themselves from the Arab and Muslim Sudanese to the north and understand themselves as a spiritual community now freed from their oppressors. Less than three years later, however, new conflicts emerged along ethnic lines within South Sudan, belying the liberation theology that had supposedly reached its climactic conclusion with independence. In Chosen Peoples, Christopher Tounsel investigates the centrality of Christian worldviews to the ideological construction of South Sudan and the inability of shared religion to prevent conflict. Exploring the creation of a colonial-era mission school to halt Islam's spread up the Nile, the centrality of biblical language in South Sudanese propaganda during the Second Civil War (1983--2005), and postindependence transformations of religious thought in the face of ethnic warfare, Tounsel highlights the potential and limitations of deploying race and Christian theology to unify South Sudan.

The Chosen Peoples

chosen—to rectify the awful refusal to have done so from the mo- ment the nation was born. in other words, ... he hoped to be “an humble instrument in the hands of the almighty,” as well as of “his almost chosen people,” but he could ...

Author: Todd Gitlin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439148778

Category: History

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Americans and Israelis have often thought that their nations were chosen, in perpetuity, to do God’s work. This belief in divine election is a potent, living force, one that has guided and shaped both peoples and nations throughout their history and continues to do so to this day. Through great adversity and despite serious challenges, Americans and Jews, leaders and followers, have repeatedly faced the world fortified by a sense that their nation has a providential destiny. As Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz argue in this original and provocative book, what unites the two allies in a “special friendship” is less common strategic interests than this deep-seated and lasting theological belief that they were chosen by God. The United States and Israel each has understood itself as a nation placed on earth to deliver a singular message of enlightenment to a benighted world. Each has stumbled through history wrestling with this strange concept of chosenness, trying both to grasp the meaning of divine election and to bear the burden it placed them under. It was this idea that provided an indispensable justification when the Americans made a revolution against Britain, went to war with and expelled the Indians, expanded westward, built an overseas empire, and most recently waged war in Iraq. The equivalent idea gave rise to the Jewish people in the first place, sustained them in exodus and exile, and later animated the Zionist movement, inspiring the Israelis to vanquish their enemies and conquer the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Everywhere you look in American and Israeli history, the idea of chosenness is there. The Chosen Peoples delivers a bold new take on both nations’ histories. It shows how deeply the idea of chosenness has affected not only their enthusiasts but also their antagonists. It digs deeply beneath the superficialities of headlines, the details of negotiations, the excuses and justifications that keep cropping up for both nations’ successes and failures. It shows how deeply ingrained is the idea of a chosen people in both nations’ histories—and yet how complicated that idea really is. And it offers interpretations of chosenness that both nations dearly need in confronting their present-day quandaries. Weaving together history, theology, and politics, The Chosen Peoples vividly retells the dramatic story of two nations bound together by a wild and sacred idea, takes unorthodox perspectives on some of our time’s most searing conflicts, and offers an unexpected conclusion: only by taking the idea of chosenness seriously, wrestling with its meaning, and assuming its responsibilities can both nations thrive.

God s Almost Chosen Peoples

Because the Almighty would discipline his chosen people, especially when they murmured against their leaders and against providence itself, came the orthodox reply. Shopworn arguments poured forth from pulpits and press.

Author: George C. Rable

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807834262

Category: History

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Throughout the Civil War, soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict saw the hand of God in the terrible events of the day, but the standard narratives of the period pay scant attention to religion. Now, in God's Almost Chosen Peoples, Li

Chosen Peoples Being the First Arthur Davis Memorial Lecture Delivered before the Jewish Historical Society at University College on Easter Passover Sunday 1918

But although, as with all other manifestations of genius, Science cannot tell us why the Jewish race was so endowed spiritually, it can show us by parallel cases that there is nothing unique in considering yourself a Chosen People—as ...

Author: Israel Zangwill

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1613107528

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Chosen Peoples

This is the curious fact which explains much of the difficulty people ... even more stringent limits than those required by the fact of creation alone. There is always in the Bible the sense that 4 • e e CHOSEN PEOPLES.

Author: Denis Baly

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Category: Church

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Race and Religion Among the Chosen People of Crown Heights

the Hebrew Bible describes the children of Israel as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6), it nevertheless paints an ambivalent picture of the relationship between God and his chosen people. Over the course of their ...

Author: Henry Goldschmidt

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813544270

Category: Social Science

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In August of 1991, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights was engulfed in violence following the deaths of Gavin Cato and Yankel Rosenbaum—a West Indian boy struck by a car in the motorcade of a Hasidic spiritual leader and an orthodox Jew stabbed by a Black teenager. The ensuing unrest thrust the tensions between the Lubavitch Hasidic community and their Afro-Caribbean and African American neighbors into the media spotlight, spurring local and national debates on diversity and multiculturalism. Crown Heights became a symbol of racial and religious division. Yet few have paused to examine the nature of Black-Jewish difference in Crown Heights, or to question the flawed assumptions about race and religion that shape the politics—and perceptions—of conflict in the community. In Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights, Henry Goldschmidt explores the everyday realities of difference in Crown Heights. Drawing on two years of fieldwork and interviews, he argues that identity formation is particularly complex in Crown Heights because the neighborhood’s communities envision the conflict in remarkably diverse ways. Lubavitch Hasidic Jews tend to describe it as a religious difference between Jews and Gentiles, while their Afro-Caribbean and African American neighbors usually define it as a racial difference between Blacks and Whites. These tangled definitions are further complicated by government agencies who address the issue as a matter of culture, and by the Lubavitch Hasidic belief—a belief shared with a surprising number of their neighbors—that they are a “chosen people” whose identity transcends the constraints of the social world. The efforts of the Lub­avitch Hasidic community to live as a divinely chosen people in a diverse Brooklyn neighbor­hood where collective identi­ties are generally defined in terms of race illuminate the limits of American multiculturalism—a concept that claims to celebrate diversity, yet only accommodates variations of certain kinds. Taking the history of conflict in Crown Heights as an invitation to reimagine our shared social world, Goldschmidt interrogates the boundaries of race and religion and works to create space in American society for radical forms of cultural difference.

Who are the Real Chosen People

The language here is personal, with the word mishpachot (families) in place of the more common 'amim (peoples). “A people holy to the Lord ...” in verse 6 of the Deuteronomy passage above (Deut.7:6) is rendered in the Hebrew as 'am ...

Author: Reuven Firestone

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 1594732485

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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Explores the idea of covenant, and the expressions of supersessionism as articulated through the scriptures of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A Chosen People a Promised Land

Chosen. People. N THE 1850s THE CHURCH OF IEsUs CHRIsT OF LATTER-DAY SAINTs, drawing upon dominant notions of race and ... Instead of being seen as unworthy, Hawaiians are positioned as chosen peoples connected to Israelite lineage and ...

Author: Hokulani K. Aikau

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816674612

Category: Religion

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How Native Hawaiians' experience of Mormonism intersects with their cultural and ethnic identities and traditions