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Portraying Violence in the Hebrew Bible
A Literary and Cultural Study

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  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494359

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  • Most studies on violence in the Hebrew Bible focus on the question of how modern readers should approach the problem. But they fail to ask how the Hebrew Bible thinks about that problem in the first place. In this work, Matthew J. Lynch examines four key ways that writers of the Hebrew Bible conceptualize and critique acts of violence: violence as an ecological problem; violence as a moral problem; violence as a judicial problem; violence as a purity problem. These four 'grammars of violence' help us interpret crucial biblical texts where violence plays a lead role, like Genesis 4-9. Lynch's volume also offers readers ways to examine cultural continuity and the distinctiveness of biblical conceptions of violence.

    • Provides an in-depth examination of critiques of violence indigenous to the Hebrew Bible
    • Analyzes four grammars of violence that writers of the Hebrew Bible employ to portray the problem of violence: ecology, moral speech, justice, and purity
    • Focuses on the way various biblical writers conceptualized the varied problem of violence
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    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494359
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Violence and Ecology:
    1. A brother's blood on the land
    2. The cosmic ecology of violence
    3. Covenant and the restraint of violence in creation
    Part II. Violence and Moral Speech:
    4. Violent deceitfulness in the scheming heart
    5. The violence of arrogant speech
    Part III. Violence and Justice:
    6. The outcry of violence
    7. Judicial responses to violence
    8. Violence and the divine avenger
    Part IV. Violence and Impurity:
    9. Violence and the problem of impurity: key texts
    10. The rhetoric of violence and impurity
    Conclusion
    Appendix. Biblical terms for violence.

  • Author

    Matthew J. Lynch, Westminster Theological Centre
    Matthew J. Lynch is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Regent College in Vancouver, and until 2020, was Academic Dean at Westminster Theological Centre, UK. He is the author of Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles: Temple, Priesthood, and Kingship in Post-Exilic Perspective (2014). He is a founding co-host of the OnScript podcast.

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