Table of Contents

Introduction: sacrifice for gods and country: practice and theory.
Martyr, victim, sacrifice, warrior.
Re-inventing the Aqedah as a heroic trope.
Interlude: the land of Isaac.
Binder or slaughterer?: the rise and fall of Abraham.
Virgin martyrs, 1966: a story of dream and darkness.
Sacrificial victims?: the Isaac generation, 1967-1973.
Manic Abrahams vs. women's peace, 1975-1995.
Afterword : a state of exception: a view from the present. Glory and Agony is the first history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice, violence, and victimage in Hebrew culture over the last century.