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Book Title: The Chosen People|
The author of the book: John Marco Allegro
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
Date of issue: August 23rd 1971
ISBN 13: 9780340149959
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The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish History from the Exile until the Revolt of Bar Kocheba was published in cloth by Hodder & Stoughton in '71 & in paper by Panther Books in '73. It tells the history of the Jews from the conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 587BCE to the 2nd Jewish Revolt of 132CE. John bases his account on traditional texts–-books of the Old Testament, Josephus, Philo Judaeus, Dio Cassius etc-–& sets out the complicated parade of plots, counterplots, betrayals & insurrections in a brisk & readable sequence. His main theme is how the conception of the Jewish nation as a divinely chosen race was planted as a political ambition among the exiled Jews. Bringing together old customs & stories, the idea was fired by the longing of the Babylonian Jews for their traditional homeland. Many of them grew prosperous outside Palestine & their wealthy communities manipulated the wish for identity into the idea of an exclusive Judaism embodied as a political state & fighting for autonomy against local & imperial neighbors–-more dream than fact. He wrote: "When the ‘new Judaism’ came to be hammered out after the return from captivity, it was around these ancient customs & a historicized mythology that it was fashioned. & the mainspring for this romantic movement came not from the bleak, desolated Jerusalem of reality, but from the emotions of Babylonian Jews feeding their imaginations on unhistorical traditions about their origins & paying fervent homage to an exclusive religious cult very largely of their own devising." (p.39)
The Chosen People was published by:
Hodder & Stoughton, London, '71-Hardcover 1st Edition
Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, '72-Hardcover 1st US Edition
Panther Books, St Albans, UK, '73-Paper
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Read information about the authorJohn Marco Allegro was a scholar who challenged orthodox views of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and the history of religion, with books that attracted popular attention and scholarly derision.
After service in the Royal Navy during World War II, Allegro started to train for the Methodist ministry but transferred to a degree in Oriental Studies at the University of Manchester. In 1953 he was invited to become the first British representative on the international team working on the recently discovered Dead Sea Scrolls in Jordan. The following year he was appointed assistant lecturer in Comparative Semitic Philology at Manchester, and held a succession of lectureships there until he resigned in 1970 to become a full-time writer. In 1961 he was made Honorary Adviser on the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Jordanian government.
Allegro's thirteen books include The Dead Sea Scrolls (1956), The Treasure of the Copper Scroll (1960), The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross (1970) and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth (1979) as well as Discoveries in the Judaean Desert of Jordan vol. V (1968) and articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Palestine Exploration Quarterly and Journal of Semitic Studies, and in the popular press.
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