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Holy War in Ancient Israel

Author : Gerhard von Rad
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This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable. From the earliest days of Israel's existence as a people, holy war was a sacred institution, undertaken as a cultic act of a religious community. The concept of holy war, an intriguing and sometimes disturbing theme in the Old Testament, is given its most articulate expression in this classic study by the distinguished German scholar Gerhard von Rad. For Israel, the most important feature of holy war was the demand for faith in Yahweh's saving acts. However, von Rad argues, it was not Yahweh alone who acted; rather, because they envisioned Yahweh fighting in their behalf the Israelites themselves were inspired -- and obliged -- to fight even harder. In this regard, the actual events differed vastly from the picture given by the biblical narratives, which downplay and often exclude the human factor and stress the exclusive warlike action of Yahweh, thus equating holy war with absolute miracle. So persuasive was von Rad's work on the Old Testament understanding of holy war that it set the standard for all subsequent work on the subject. Appearing here in English for the first time, this definitive study will prove valuable not only for students and scholars, but for anyone interested in the theory of holy war and its development throughout biblical history. Ben C, Ollenburger, professor of Old Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, has written an introduction to the book. An annotated bibliography by Judith E. Sanderson, assistant professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, brings the work up to date with current research.

Holy War in Ancient Israel

Author : Gerhard von Rad
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The Holy War of Ancient Israel During the Conquest of Palestine

Author : Gustav Jeeninga
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Holy War in Ancient Israel

Author : Samuel M. Talbert
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Holy War in the Bible

Author : Heath Thomas
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The first of its kind, this collection offers a constructive response to the question of holy war and Christian morality from an interdisciplinary perspective. By combining biblical, ethical, philosophical and theological insights, the contributors offer a composite image of divine redemption that promises to take the discussion to another level.

Prophecy and War in Ancient Israel

Author : Duane L. Christensen
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In this reprint of the revised edition of his well known Harvard dissertation, the author traces the historical development of the oracle against a foreign nation from its origin in the early military traditions of Israel down to its refinement as a form of prophetic speech. Christensen begins with early material related to oracular divination and moves chronologically through Israelite history down to the early sixth century BCE, observing in the process two major transformations of the war oracle.

Crossing Jordan

Author : Roy Adams
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The author brings Joshua to life. He explores the underlying historical, geographical, and psychological subtexts, providing a strategic understanding of Israel's military campaign. He provides evidence of the utter depravity of the Canaanites from their own literature and explains the covenant form with the help of ancient Near Eastern suzerainty treaties. He tackles the ethics of Rahabs's deception, and other issues.

Holy War in Judaism

Author : Reuven Firestone
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Holy war, sanctioned or even commanded by God, is a common and recurring theme in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbinic Judaism, however, largely avoided discussion of holy war in the Talmud and related literatures for the simple reason that it became dangerous and self-destructive. Reuven Firestone's Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of ''holy war'' disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times. The revival of the holy war idea occurred with the rise of Zionism. As the necessity of organized Jewish engagement in military actions developed, Orthodox Jews faced a dilemma. There was great need for all to engage in combat for the survival of the infant state of Israel, but the Talmudic rabbis had virtually eliminated divine authorization for Jews to fight in Jewish armies. Once the notion of divinely sanctioned warring was revived, it became available to Jews who considered that the historical context justified more aggressive forms of warring. Among some Jews, divinely authorized war became associated not only with defense but also with a renewed kibbush or conquest, a term that became central to the discourse regarding war and peace and the lands conquered by the state of Israel in 1967. By the early 1980's, the rhetoric of holy war had entered the general political discourse of modern Israel. In Holy War in Judaism, Firestone identifies, analyzes, and explains the historical, conceptual, and intellectual processes that revived holy war ideas in modern Judaism.

Deuteronomy

Author : Gerhard von Rad
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This commentary on Deuteronomy meets and exceeds the high standards of the Old Testament Library series. It provides one of the most sophisticated explanations to date of the compositional process that produced Deuteronomy, presenting that process as a combination of large-scale redactional activity and "micro-redaction." The commentary is also attentive to the historical background of Deuteronomy's origins in the reigns of Manasseh and Josiah. The fresh translation that heads each section is followed by insightful linguistic comments that highlight Deuteronomy's famous homiletical and didactic style. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

Ancient Israel Social institutions

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Yahweh is a Warrior

Author : Millard Lind
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Millard C. Lind's classic study of warfare in ancient Israel. Israel saw God alone as delivering his people, without the need of human warriors.

War memory and national identity in the Hebrew Bible

Author : Jacob L. Wright
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The Hebrew Bible is permeated with depictions of military conflicts that have profoundly shaped the way many think about war. Why does war occupy so much space in the Bible? In this book, Jacob Wright offers a fresh and fascinating response to this question: War pervades the Bible not because ancient Israel was governed by religious factors (such as 'holy war') or because this people, along with its neighbors in the ancient Near East, was especially bellicose. The reason is rather that the Bible is fundamentally a project of constructing a new national identity for Israel, one that can both transcend deep divisions within the population and withstand military conquest by imperial armies. Drawing on the intriguing interdisciplinary research on war commemoration, Wright shows how biblical authors, like the architects of national identities from more recent times, constructed a new and influential notion of peoplehood in direct relation to memories of war, both real and imagined. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Writing and Reading War

Author : Brad E. Kelle
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Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

Old Testament Theology The theology of Israel s historical traditions

Author : Gerhard von Rad
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This republication of a classic work contains a new introduction by Walter Brueggemann that places Gerhard von Rad's work within the context of German theology, Old Testament theology, and the history of interpretation of the Old Testament. In Old Testament Theology, von Rad applies the most advanced results of form criticism to develop a new understanding of the Bible. His original approach is now available once again in English. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

Genesis

Author : Gerhard Von Rad
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This book makes available to English-speaking students a work that in the original German has achieved the status of a theological classic. This revised edition contains the extensive changes prepared by the author before his death. The introduction has been largely rewritten and the early chapters of the commentary have been reworked with equal thoroughness. Parts 1 and 2 have been entirely reset, and minor alterations have been made in part 3. Professor von Rad has utilized the results of literary criticism and form criticism in producing a commentary that is exegetical, historical, and above all, theological. In every phase of the panoramic pageant the reader sees the God of Israel reaffirming the terms of his covenant and working out his great historical purposes in spite of, and even through, the disobedient acts of willful, headstrong men. - Jacket flap.

Holy War for the Promised Land

Author : David Dolan
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A former reporter for CBS news who has lived in Israel for more than twenty years discusses the growing conflict in the Middle East, the collapse of the Oslo process, and the Palestinian uprising, placing current events in the context of biblical prophecy. Original.

Perspectives on War in the Bible

Author : John A. Wood
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Perspectives on War in the Bible offers a comprehensive study of varying traditions of war in the Bible. The author examines the traditional categories of holy war, just war, and pacifism to show that people then, as now, were sharply divided.4

Holy War for the Promised Land

Author : David P. Dolan
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Provides a history of the conflict between the two regions by examining the persecution of the Jews and the story of Islam, and emphasizes the religion issue as a central theme in the conflict

Holy War in Exodus 14 15

Author : Dongyoun Ki
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Despite similarities in patterns of holy war in Israel and the ancient Near East, substantial differences exist in the justification and preparation for war, the progress of wars, and the features of post-war activities.

Genesis Revised Edition

Author : Gerhard von Rad
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This book makes available to English-speaking students a work that in the original German has achieved the status of a theological classic. This revised edition contains the extensive changes prepared by the author before his death. The introduction has been largely rewritten and the early chapters of the commentary have been reworked with equal thoroughness. Parts 1 and 2 have been entirely reset, and minor alterations have been made in part 3. Professor von Rad has utilized the results of literary criticism and form criticism in producing a commentary that is exegetical, historical, and above all, theological. In every phase of the panoramic pageant the reader sees the God of Israel reaffirming the terms of his covenant and working out his great historical purposes in spite of, and even through, the disobedient acts of willful, headstrong men. - Jacket flap.