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Coping With Violence In The Bible: A Response To Rainer Albertz

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This chapter starts by summarizing Rainer Albertz's argument. It discusses the interconnection between two concepts, monotheism and violence, by taking Jan Assmann's provocative argument about monotheism in the Hebrew Bible as his point of departure. Assmann argues that the Hebrew Bible tells a story of the enforcement of monotheism as a history of violence. The chapter discusses the questions with the issue of defining violence and also focuses on one aspect of violence that occurs frequently in the Bible in order to point to the possible consequences for others then and now. Stereotyping is a form of violence that may seem relatively harmless, but it can easily lead to disrespect or vilification of outsiders; and some of these outsiders may, in fact, belong to the in-group.

Keywords: Bible; Hebrew; Jan Assmann; monotheism; Rainer Albertz; violence

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