Dedicated to Moshe Davis, this ecumenical collection of essays focuses on the theme of Zion in American spiritual history, while highlighting the relationship between American Judaism and its predominantly Christian environment.
From the Publisher
Moshe Davis was a prominent scholar of contemporary Jewish history and a recognized leader in the field of bicultural American/Jewish studies. These wide-ranging essays, many of which were presented at a colloquium that Professor Davis had organized but did not live to attend, honor him by exploring the theme of Zion as an integral part of American spiritual history and as a site of interfaith discourse.
American attitudes toward the land of the Bible reflect values that arose from Jewish abiding attachment to Zion and the uniquely American Christian vision of Zion as a utopian, pre-industrial, pre-urban, pre-secularized world. Whereas American Christians expected to be lifted out of their ordinary lives when they visited the Holy Land, Jews saw in their affinity for Zion a strong link to their everyday American environment. Jews viewed America's biblical heritage as a source of practical values including fair play, equality, social vision, and covenantal politics.