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Yahweh versus Yahweh
The Enigma of Jewish History
Jay Y. Gonen

Yahweh versus Yahweh is by many standards a landmark work by a leading psychohistorian.”
—Howard Stein, University of Oklahoma

Yahweh versus Yahweh is a vivid description of how the founding myths of Judaism have conditioned Jewish expectations from history. Jay L. Gonen unveils the collective psychology that underlies Jewish psychohistory.
The enigmatic God of Gonen’s study brings to the Jewish people periods of construction and bounty but also periods of destruction and hopelessness. This duality, according to Gonen, runs throughout Jewish lore, literature, morality, the Kabbala, and Hassidism. It serves as the unifying factor in Jewish history—as it informed and influenced the establishment of the State of Israel, the history and future of Zionism, the debate over the Holocaust, the belief in the coming of the Messiah, and the current conflict in the Middle East.

Jay Y. Gonen is author of A Psychohistory of Zionism and The Roots of Nazi Psychology: Hitler’s Utopian Barbarism. He lives in New York.

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Yahweh versus Yahweh

December 2004

216 pp.  6 x 9

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