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Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide: Christian Interpretations of Herem Passages

Christian Hofreiter
Format
Book
Published
Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Series
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
ISBN
9780198810902, 0198810903
Summary
"The divine commands to annihilate the seven nations living in Canaan (to 'devote them to destruction', herem in Biblical Hebrew) are perhaps the most morally troubling texts of the Hebrew and Christian bibles. 'Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide: Christian Interpretations of "Herem" Passages' addresses the challenges these texts pose. It presents the various ways in which interpreters from the first century to the twenty-first have attempted to make sense of them. The most troubling approach was no doubt to read them as divine sanction and inspiration for violence and war: the analysis of the use of "herem" texts in the Crusades, the Inquisition, and various colonial conquests illustrates this violent way of reading the texts, which has such alarming contemporary relevance. Three additional approaches can also be traced to antiquity, viz. pre-critical, non-literal, and divine command theory readings. Finally, critics of Christianity from antiquity via the Enlightenment to today have referenced "herem" texts: their critical voices are included as well"--
Description
x, 282 pages ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-272) and indexes.
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