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State faith‐based education in Israel: a messianic‐nationalist model of interpretation

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This article analyzes the traces and configuration of three syntagmatic interpretation models in the educational text produced by Israel's state religious educational system: the modus , the hermetic and the gnostic models, which together add up to a fourth, and unique one: the messianic nationalist model of interpretation. This interpretive model has a concrete configuration which, as opposed to similar but secular educational models, uses transcendental motifs in order to pragmatically organize the explanation of ‘reality'. From this point of view the messianic nationalist model presents a case study in religious education, which integrates between modern (i.e., nationalist) and traditional (religious) motifs in a relatively flexible way, situating itself between a fundamentalist religious idiosyncrasy and a secular one. Theoretically and methodologically the article develops the textual analysis of educational texts. The specific analysis presented here assumes that an educational ideological text interprets, and is interpreted constantly by, its producers and its users as well.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Beit‐Berl College, Israel

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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