Does the Bible Justify Violence?

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DOES THE BIBLE JUSTIFY VIOLENCE?

Copyright © 2004 Augsburg Fortress. All rights re-
served. Except for brief quotations in critical articles or
reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any
manner without prior written permission from the pub-
lisher. Write: Permissions, Augsburg Fortress, Box
1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440.

This Facet is an edited version of the author’s “The Zeal
of Phineas: The Bible and the Legitimation of Violence,”
Journal of Biblical Literature 122 (2003) 3-21. Used by
permission. It was the Presidential address to the Society
of Biblical Literature, Toronto, November 23, 2002.

Cover image copyright ® 2004 Photodisc
Book design: Joseph P. Bonyata

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard
Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Chris-
tian Education of the National Council of the Churches
of Christ in the USA, and are used by permission.

ISBN: 0-8006-3689-9

The paper used in this publication meets the minimum
requirements of American National Standard for Infor-
mation Sciences — Permanence of Paper for Printed Li-
brary Materials, ANSI Z329.48-1984.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Does the Bible Justify Violence? iv
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • 1- The "Ban" 4
  • 2- History and Ideology 14
  • 3- Story and Example 17
  • 4- Eschatological Vengeance 21
  • 5- Violence and Hermeneutics 28
  • Abbreviations 35
  • Notes 37
  • Select Bibliography 53
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