Profane Scriptures: Reflections on the Dialogue with Bible in Modern Hebrew Poetry
For a people returning to their homeland, the Bible served as a legal document of ownership and as an historical and political model for the newly revived Jewish kingdom. At the same time, however, it became the focal point for the people's personal hopes, expectations, disappointments, and frustrations with the Promised Land. It is the latter, Ruth Kartun-Blum argues, that fuels the fascination that biblical myth holds for the modern Israeli poet.
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