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Violence, Scripture, And Textual Practice In Early Judaism And Christianity

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This introductory chapter of the book aims to contribute to a better understanding of the genealogy of "religious violence" by exploring, through a variety of disciplinary approaches, the diverse discourses and practices of violence that operated across the range of early Judaism and Christianity. It includes papers that analyze the specific textual or hermeneutic practices used by various groups in early Judaism and Christianity for legitimating their own discourses of "religious violence". The specific focus in this introductory chapter of the book is violence and Scripture. Violence can be found throughout the pages of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament. It is thus about both violence in Jewish and Christian Scriptures and violence grounded in those Scriptures. The varieties of Judaism and Christianity examined in the book regularly evince similar textual practices.

Keywords: Christian Scriptures; early Judaism; Hebrew Bible; Old Testament; violence



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