War In The Hebrew Bible
War In The Hebrew Bible   -     By: Susan Niditch
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(PUBOxford University)"Forces biblical scholarship to look more seriously at the difficult ethical issues raised. For anyone interested in how biblical images can be mined in constructing a modern approach to violence and warfare: essential reading,"---Journal of Religion. 180 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.5 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 0195098404
ISBN-13: 9780195098402

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Texts about war pervade the Hebrew Bible, raising challenging questions in religious and political ethics. The war passages that readers find most disquieting are those in which God demands the total annihilation of the enemy without regard to gender, age, or military status. The ideology of the "ban," however, is only one among a range of attitudes towards war preserved in the ancient Israelite literary tradition. Applying insights from anthropology, comparative literature, and feminist studies, Niditch considers a wide spectrum of war ideologies in the Hebrew Bible, seeking in each case to discover why and how these views might have made sense to biblical writers, who themselves can be seen to wrestle with the ethics of violence. The study of war thus also illuminates the social and cultural history of Israel, as war texts are found to map the world views of biblical writers from various periods and settings. Reviewing ways in which modern scholars have interpreted this controversial material, Niditch sheds further light on the normative assumptions that shape our understanding of ancient Israel. More widely, this work explores how human beings attempt to justify killing and violence while concentrating on the tones, textures, meanings, and messages of a particular corpus in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Editorial Reviews

"A very helpful study, ethically sensitive and methodologically sophisticated. I will certainly use this volume as a teaching text for years to come."--Harold C. Washington, Saint Paul School of Theology
"Represents a unique contribution to the issue of war in the Hebrew Bible. I find Dr. Niditch's work thought-provoking. It provides new ways of thinking about biblical ideologies of war and should initiate useful debate on the issues."--Theodore Hiebert, Harvard Divinity School
"A sophisticated and enlightening study on the various war ideologies of ancient Israel."--Old Testament Abstracts
"Essential reading not only for students and scholars of the Bible, but for anyone interested in issues of war and peace today."--Theological Studies
"An enriching, challenging, and provocative book for scholars of the Bible as well as readers from religious and secular backgrounds."--Digest of Middle East Studies

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