The Myth of Nimrod: ‘Canaanism’ between Zionism and Post-Zionism

Part of the Modernism and … book series (MAND)


The Nietzschean idea of the self-creating overman fused with the Nimrodian of the ‘new Hebrew’ utopia that existed in Palestine at the end of the 1930s. Nimrod, the nativistic symbol of self-construction, was seen as a challenge to exilic Judaism that, it was held, could not serve as a basis for building a national community in a new space. The Nimrods, the ‘new Hebrews’, rebelling against the tradition of their fathers, exuded youth­ful energy, self-confidence and primitive strength. They sought to instil in the native-born generation a Lebensphilosophie and fighting spirit in place of studiousness, experience in place of reasoning, aesthetics in place of ethics and myth in place of his­torical knowledge. ‘Nimrodism’ meant authenticity, Nietzschean Hebraism and self-construction.


Jewish People Jewish History Israel Defense Force Bereave Parent Youth Movement 
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© David Ohana 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ben-Gurion University of the NegevIsrael

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