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War in the Hebrew Bible a study in the ethics of violence by Susan Niditch

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Published by Oxford University Press in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Bible. O.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc,
  • War -- Biblical teaching

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-172) and indexes.

StatementSusan Niditch.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsBS1199.W2 N53 1993
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 180 p. ;
Number of Pages180
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1704553M
ISBN 100195076389
LC Control Number92005787

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In War in the Hebrew Bible, Susan Niditch provides an overview of the diversity of ideologies and practices of war in the Hebrew Bible. Specifically, she goes over seven types of Israelite warfare: the herem (placing under the ban, devoting to total destruction) as God's portion, in which total annihilation of the enemy is practiced as a /5(11). 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 Reviews: 1. 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/5(4). Book of the Wars of Yahweh, lost document referred to and quoted in the Old Testament (Num. ff.). The book is probably a collection of early Israelite war songs including hymns of victory, curses, mocking songs, and other literary genres recounting the victories of Yahweh, the God of Israel, over his enemies; it indicates that biblical books rely on both written and oral tradition.

That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed. In their simplest form, the twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible – the Tanach – present a history of the first years from creation until the building of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The books also relate the history of the Jewish nation from its earliest stage, through the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, and until the end of the first commonwealth.   Within the *War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence*, Susan Niditch, a scholar in Hebrew Biblical Studies, turns her attention to analysing the ethics of war which appear to be on display within the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament). What I have loved most from Niditch’s study is the way in which she highlights the multi-vocal dialogue of the Hebrew Canon. Hebrew Bible, also called Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament, or Tanakh, collection of writings that was first compiled and preserved as the sacred books of the Jewish people. It constitutes a large portion of the Christian Bible.. A brief treatment of the Hebrew Bible follows. For full treatment, see biblical literature. In its general framework, the Hebrew Bible is the account of God’s.

war-related issues, some views overlapping, some contrasting. A study of Israel’s views of war is a gauge of Israel’s worldviews in their variety at any one period and through the course of Israelite history. As we explore the war texts of the Hebrew Bible, I urge my students to imag-. In the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Terms. Hamas, meaning 'violence, wrongdoing', is the Hebrew Bible's primary term for violence and is first used in Genesis "the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence.": 5 It occurs sixty times in the Hebrew Bible, is almost always used to identify physical violence (Genesis ; Judges ), and is used to. The battle of Armageddon refers to the final war between human governments and God. These governments and their supporters oppose God even now by refusing to submit to his rulership. (Psalm ) The battle of Armageddon will bring human rulership to an end. — Daniel 2: The word “Armageddon” occurs only once in the Bible, at. 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 :