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Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives

Saul M. Olyan


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 has the theoretical dimension of ritual violence. This volume brings into relief the full range of violent rites represented in the Hebrew Bible, many rarely, if ever, considered. It explores what acts of ritual violence might accomplish sociopolitically in their particular settings and the ways in which engagement with theory from a variety of disciplines can contribute to our understanding of ritual violence as a ... More

Keywords: rites, ritual violence, Hebrew Bible, mutilation, genocide, iconoclasm, ban, urbicide, violence theory, shame

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190249588
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saul M. Olyan, editor
Brown University, Providence

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