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River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line

Rachel Havrelock


As the site of several miracles in the Jewish and Christian traditions, the Jordan is one of the world's holiest rivers. It is also the major political and symbolic border contested by Israelis and Palestinians. Combining biblical and folkloric studies with historical geography, this book explores how the complex religious and mythological representations of the river have shaped the current conflict in the Middle East. It contends that the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stems from the nationalist myths of the Hebrew Bible, where the Jordan is defined as a border of the Pro ... More

Keywords: miracles, Jordan, symbolic border, Israelis, Palestinians, historical geography, mythological representations, Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nationalist myths

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226319575
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226319599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Havrelock, author