Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives

Hardcover | December 15, 2015

EditorSaul M. Olyan

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Although the relationship of the Hebrew Bible and violence has been of interest to scholars in recent years, ritual violence in its various manifestations has been underexplored, as have the theoretical dimensions of ritual violence. This volume is intended to bring into relief the full rangeof violent rites represented in the Hebrew Bible, many rarely, if ever, considered. It seeks to explore what acts of ritual violence might accomplish socio-politically in their particular settings and the ways in which engagement with theory from a variety of disciplines can contribute to ourunderstanding of ritual violence as a phenomenon. The volume consists of an introduction and eight essays. Topics include cognitive perspectives on iconoclasm, the instrumental dimensions of ritual violence against corpses, the ritual killing of cities ("urbicide"), royal rites of military loyalty, the ends accomplished by political violence inDavid's story, comparison of the Rwanda genocide and material dimensions of the biblical herem, the exchange of women among men and its violent dimensions, and the ritual assault on cities. Authors include Debra Scoggins Ballentine, T. M. Lemos, Mark Leuchter, Nathaniel B. Levtow, Susan Niditch,Saul M. Olyan, Rudiger Schmitt, and Jacob L. Wright.

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Although the relationship of the Hebrew Bible and violence has been of interest to scholars in recent years, ritual violence in its various manifestations has been underexplored, as have the theoretical dimensions of ritual violence. This volume is intended to bring into relief the full rangeof violent rites represented in the Hebrew B...

Saul M. Olyan is the Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. The primary focus of his current research is a book entitled "Friendship in the Hebrew Bible," to be published by Yale University Press. His next book will focus on representations of ritual violence in bibli...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Saul M. Olyan: "Introduction: Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible"Debra Scoggins Ballentine: "What Ends Might Ritual Violence Accomplish? The Case of Rechab and Baanah in 2 Samuel 4"T. M. lemos: "Dispossessing Nations: Population Growth, Scarcity, and Genocide in Ancient Israel and Twentieth-Century Rwanda"Mark Leuchter: "Between Politics and Mythology: Josiah's Assault on Bethel in 2 Kgs 23:15-20"Nathaniel B. Levtow: "Cognitive Perspectives on Iconoclasm"Susan Niditch: "'The Traffic in Women': Exchange, Ritual Sacrifice, and War"Saul M. Olyan: "The Instrumental Dimensions of Ritual Violence Against Corpses in Biblical Texts"Rdiger Schmitt: "Establishing Communitas: Royal Rites of Military Loyalty and their Socio-Religious Function"Jacob L. Wright: "Urbicide: The Ritualized Killing of Cities in the Ancient Near East"