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Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage
David A. Bernat, Jonathan Klawans

ISBN 9781906055325
Status Available
Price: $70.00
Binding Hardback
Publication Date December 2007
   

Violence that is motivated by--and justified by--religious ideas, authorities and texts is everywhere around us. Some say that the origins of religion and human violence are inherently connected, and that the explanation for religious violence lies at the heart of the religious imagination itself, others that human violence was there long before religion ever came about, being no more than an unfortunate by-product of human evolution. Reconsidering the question of religion and violence in the biblical heritage is a narrower--but nonetheless essential--endeavour, to which the present volume addresses itself.

After an introductory chapter by the editors on religion, violence and the Bible, Ziony Zevit writes on violence in Israelite culture and in the Bible, Tamar Kamionkowski on violence in prophetic literature, Stephen Geller on the prophetic roots of religious violence, David Wright on homicide, talion and vengeance in the Covenant Code, Lawrence Wills on the death of the hero and the violent death of Jesus, Jennifer Wright Knust on sacrifice and sacred text in Justin, and David Frankfurter on vengeance fantasies in the New Testament. Stephen Marini offers concluding reflections on religion and violence under the rubric of conflict, subversion and sacrifice.

David A. Bernat is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jonathan Klawans is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University.

The SBL is the North American distributor for Sheffield Phoenix Press. Customers outside of North American can purchase this book directly from Sheffield Phoenix by clicking here.




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