Hebron Jews explores the history of the Jews of Hebron, the oldest and now most vilified and controversial Jewish community in the world. Spanning three thousand years, from the biblical narrative of Abraham's purchase of a burial cave for Sarah to the violent present, it offers a controversial analysis of a community located at the crossroads of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle over national boundaries and the internal Israeli struggle over the meaning Jewish statehood.
Jerold S. Auerbach is professor of history at Wellesley College. His books include Explorers in Eden: Pueblo Indians and the Promised Land, Are We One? Jewish Identity in the United States and Israel, Jacob's Voices, Rabbis and Lawyers, Justice Without Law? and Unequal Justice. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including The New Republic, The Nation, Harper's, and The New York Times.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Biblical Hebron Chapter 2. Holy Site Chapter 3. Community Chapter 4. Catastrophe Chapter 5. Return Chapter 6. Renewal Chapter 7. Crisis Chapter 8. Endurance Chapter 9. Legitimacy Afterword: Memory Epilogue Bibliography About the Author