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Violent Rituals of the Hebrew Bible

Saul M. Olyan


Although seldom studied by biblical scholars as a discrete phenomenon, ritual violence is mentioned frequently in biblical texts, and includes ritual actions such as disfigurement of corpses, destruction or scattering of bones removed from a tomb, stoning and other forms of public execution, cursing, forced depilation, the legally sanctioned imposition of physical defects on living persons, coerced potion-drinking, sacrificial burning of animals and humans, forced stripping and exposure of the genitalia, and mass eradication of populations. This book, the first to focus on ritual violence in t ... More

Keywords: violence, ritual violence, law, narrative, visions, dreams, oracles, ritual theory, social relationships, sacrifice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190681906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190681906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saul M. Olyan, author
Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University