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70. , pp. 5-6. 71. Ibid,ibid. 72. Ibid. 73. 1960. 25 Anita Shapira satirical vignette by entertainersArik Einstein and Uri Zohar immortalizedthe pompousnessof the judges and their obsession with trivia. In Israel'sevolving identity in the 1950s, the Bible exerteda palpablepresence in culturallife. Written by Moshe Shamir,a prominentwriterof the '48 generation,it paved the way for his next book, Kivsat Ha-Rash [The Poor Man'sEwe76],on Uriahthe Hittite. Yetanotherimportantwriter,JosephAricha,published the historical novel, Sanheriv Bi-Yehuda[Sennacheribin Judea].

The winnowing out of historicaland critical components fromschool Bible teachingcausedbothteachersandpupilsto distancethemselves from it. The only people to retain a love for the Bible were those who had finished school before the 1970s. Until the 1970s, the Bible's key position in Israeli culturehad reflected an ideological era. The ideological era was part of the modern worldview that accorded precedence to man in the largerpicture. Secular interpretationof the Bible did the same thing. Upon the ideological meltdown,however, andthe emergenceof postmoderncurrents,therewas no moreuse for the Bible.

G. 1987. 88. 1962. See also YonatanRatosh,Mi-NitzahonLe-Mapolet,Me'assefAlef [FromVictoryto Downfall,Anthology of the periodicalAlef], Tel Aviv: Hadar,1976;YonatanRatosh,Reshit Ha-Yamim,Ptihot Ivriot [The Beginning, HebrewOpenings],Tel Aviv: Hadar,1982. 30 The Bible and Israeli Identity tanceof the Bible as an agentof identityin young Israelisociety:Those who sought to dent this identityperforcehad to diminishthe role assigned the Bible. These he found in abundance in the Bible. The formerwere alienated from EasternEuropeanJewish tradition,as symbolized by the shtetl (the small town), which had meanwhilevanishedfrom the world and lingeredon only in literatureand art.

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