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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought$
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Katell Berthelot, Joseph E. David, and Marc Hirshman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.001.0001

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The Conquest of the Land of Israel and Associated Moral Questions in the Teachings of Rabbi Kook and His Disciples

The Conquest of the Land of Israel and Associated Moral Questions in the Teachings of Rabbi Kook and His Disciples

Thoughts in Light of the Book Herev Pipiyot Be-Yadam

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(p.399) 17 The Conquest of the Land of Israel and Associated Moral Questions in the Teachings of Rabbi Kook and His Disciples
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The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought
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Avinoam Rosenak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.003.0018

This chapter explores Rabbi Abraham Isaac Ha-Kohen Kook's complex attitude towards the inhabitants of biblical Canaan; the conquest of the land of Israel, past and present; and the potentially troublesome moral questions thereby raised. First, it examines the critical comments of several scholars regarding the affinity between Rabbi Kook and his disciples. Second, considers Rabbi Kook's writings on the conquest of ancient Canaan from its inhabitants, his assessment of the morality of that action, and his view of the connection between the biblical conquest and contemporary historical events. Third, it looks at Elie Holzer's recent book Herev pipiyot be-yadam (Double-Edged Sword: Military Activism in the Thought of Religious Zionism). It describes some of Holzer's conclusions regarding the ties between Rabbi Kook and his disciples, offers some critical arguments, and suggests alternative explanations.

Keywords:   Rabbi Abraham Isaac Ha-Kohen Kook, Canaan, conquest, Israel, disciples

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