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War in the Hebrew Bible : A Study in the Ethics of Violence - Susan Niditch

War in the Hebrew Bible

A Study in the Ethics of Violence

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780195098402
Number Of Pages: 192

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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.

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"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 "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 "Stimulating and interesting....This is a good book, scholarly, helpful, unsettling and disturbing."--Provident Book Finder "One must commend [Niditch] for furthering the debate and for forcing biblical scholarship to look more seriously at the difficult ethical issues raised by the war traditions found in the Hebrew Bible. This, combined with its easily accessible writing style, makes this book essential reading for anyone interested in how biblical images might be mined and utilized in constructing a modern ethical approach to violence and warfare."--The Journal of Religion "Provide[s] a helpful collection of passages that are relevant for the ongoing discussion of scriptural violence."--Bible Review "A careful, morally sensitive, and thought-provoking treatment of the issues of violence and warfare in the Hebrew Scriptures."--Biblical Interpretations "[A] careful analysis of the various texts comprises a useful contribution to the discussion of the ethics of warfare."--Law, Religion, and Theology "For contemporary women readers who may experience all kinds of war-no matter what flavor-as bizarre and simply puzzling, this scholarly book more than gratifies other personal, as well as intellectual, interests."--LILITH "Readers have come to expect painstaking research and astute interpretation from Susan Niditch. They will not be dissapointed here....The book is an excellent examination of a very troubling question. The detail in this study is striking. Niditch's ability to uncover layer upon layer of tradition and report her findings in a concise yet precise and still readable fashion is impressive."--Journal of Church and State "This is a short but dense book which creatively explores many of the differing traditions of war in the Bible....This is in my opinion probably the most sophisticated book on war in the Bible which I have had the pleasure of reading. It should certainly take its place alongside T.R. Hobbs's A Time for War: A Study of Warfare in the Old Testament...as one of the two indispensable books on the subject in biblical studies....Niditch has written a most interesting book, full of excellent insights into the text and containing much stimulating and provocative discussion of difficult texts....A superior piece of writing on a very difficult topic in the Bible and I look forward to seeing the discussion it generates in contemporary biblical studies."--Journal of Theological Studies "...a fresh approach that does not ignore old questions but pursues a whole set of new ones....Niditch has written a work of engaged scholarship...I heartily recommend it."--Interpretation "An important and timely book....it makes for a penetrating hermeneutical exercise in textual study and theology."-- Rollin A. Ramsaran, Emmanuel School of Religion "Intricately argued, scholarly and illuminating."--Manna

Abbreviations
Introductionp. 3
The Ban as God's Portionp. 28
The Ban as God's Justicep. 56
The Priestly Ideology of War in Numbers 31p. 78
The Bardic Tradition of Warp. 90
The Ideology of Tricksterismp. 106
The Ideology of Expediency and Biblical Critiquep. 123
Toward an Ideology of Nonparticipationp. 134
Conclusionsp. 150
Referencesp. 157
Additional Readingsp. 171
Index of Biblical Citationsp. 173
General Indexp. 178
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ISBN: 9780195098402
ISBN-10: 0195098404
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.06 x 14.02  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.23

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