BBC says Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People is “an international news story”

by Sarah on November 11, 2009

Shlomo Sand, auShlomo Sand, Portrait 3 (prefered)thor of The Invention of the Jewish People, was interviewed on the BBC World Service’s News Hour last night. In an e-mail exchange between Sand’s UK publicist and the producer of last night’s programme, it was emphasised that the BBC were “interviewing Mr Sand on the basis that the controversy over his book is an international news story.”

‘The Invention of the Jewish People’ has now been translated into more languages than any other Israeli history book. Currently the book is available in 3 languages (Hebrew, French, and published just this week, English), and in 2 months time the book will be translated into Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Arabic, Turkish and Indonesian. In Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, the translator has just finished translating The Bible, and is now starting work on The Invention of the Jewish People.

Professor Sand will be speaking at SOAS in London  tonight at 6.30. Lecture details here.

Listen to Shlomo Sand on BBC World Service News Hour here.

Watch Kirsty Lang interview Shlomo Sand on BBC World News Today here.

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ralf ellis November 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Mr Sand is wrong. The answer to the problem of the lack of archaeology for the Exodus, is that there were two exoduses (as recorded by the Egyptian historian Manetho).

The main Exodus as we would know it, was the Exodus of some 500,000 Hyksos Egyptians from Avaris (Pi-Ramesse) to Jerusalem in about 1590 BC. This is a historical event, and it accords very closely to the entire biblical description of an Exodus – including the record of darkness, hail, ash and plagues (caused by the eruption of Thera/Santorini).

The second exodues was the smaller exodus of 80,000 ‘lepers and maimed priests, according to Manetho. This was undoubtedly the exodus of Pharaoh Akhenaton and his Amarna followers in about 1320 BC. It was Akhenaton’s brother Tuth-Moses, who was recorded in the Torah as the leader of this exodus.

See Ralph Ellis


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Howard in Colorado June 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

…and apparently science wins the arguement. Jews are essentially all one people.

Next question, how much damage worldwide has this man’s book caused Israel?

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He knew then what spitted out the sun..
you anthropomorphic sons of the gun..
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