The Return of Baal to the Holy Land: Canaanite Reconstructionism among Contemporary Israeli Pagans

Research paper by Feraro, S.

Indexed on: 09 Nov '16Published on: 28 Oct '16Published in: Nova Religio


This article focuses on the recent emergence of Canaanite Reconstructionism in Israel—a miniature movement within the country’s small, but growing, Pagan community. The discourse of Israeli adherents of Canaanite Reconstructionism regarding its links to ancient Canaanite culture and the land—indeed the very soil—of modern-day Israel is highlighted. The development of Israeli Canaanite Reconstructionism is examined in relation to the unique nature of Israeli society and identity politics, as well as to Canaanism, a cultural and ideological movement that climaxed during the 1940s in British Mandate Palestine but declined after the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.