Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ritual Violence in the Hebrew BibleNew Perspectives$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Saul M. Olyan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190249588

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249588.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 January 2021



The Ritualized Killing of Cities in the Ancient Near East

(p.147) 8 Urbicide
Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible

Jacob L. Wright

Oxford University Press

The chapter introduces the concept of urbicide to the study of the ancient world, with a focus on the ancient Near East. Urbicide refers to the premeditated and deliberate destruction of cities, their iconic architecture, and their identity. The city per se is the target of aggression. The chapter begins with a history of the concept and then treats examples from royal annals and iconography from the ancient Near East and Egypt, before turning to the biblical evidence. It concludes by bringing the findings of the chapter to bear on the study of ritual and rituals of violence.

Keywords:   urbicide, genocide, destruction of memory, ritual, iconography, royal inscriptions, laments, ancient Near East, Women of Troy, oracles against the nations

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .