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Which Wissenschaft? Reconstructionism'S Theological Appropriation Of Sociology And Religious Naturalism

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In many ways, the ambiguity and multiple, often conflicting meanings ascribed to the term Postzionism mirrors the ambiguity and multiple, often conflicted meanings ascribed to the term Zionism. Accordingly, rather than engage in the futile task of seeking out any essential meaning of the term, the author find it far more useful to ask how the term operates, what it does. The debates over what has come to be called Postzionism provide a cogent example of the inexorable relationship between knowledge and power. In this regard, they encourage us to recognize that scholarly and religious discourse, like any other discourse, is neither neutral nor innocent. Such recognition poses a significant challenge to the liberal Enlightenment conception of knowledge and self that informs the field of Jewish studies and might well encourage a rethinking of the ways that scholars in that field understand and enact their craft.

Keywords: Jewish studies; Postzionism; religious discourse; Zionism



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