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304 Pages

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ISBN: 9780198810902


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Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide

Christian Interpretations of Herem Passages

Christian Hofreiter

Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

  • Summarizes the reception of the principal herem texts within the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, Hellenistic Judaism, the New Testament, and in the Christian era before the JS came under sustained criticism by Marcion
  • Presents dissenting readings/criticisms of herem and similar texts by Marcion, Ptolemy, Celsus and others
  • Traces the development of figurative readings from Origen to their predominance in the Glossa Ordinaria and their uses in a medieval sermon
  • Analyses the application of divine-command-theory ethics to herem texts from Augustine via Thomas Aquinas to John Calvin
  • Examines ways in which herem texts have been read since the dawn of the Enlightenment
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